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  W: C. Bassitt (9-5)   L: R. Armenteros (1-1)
1:05 PM PT2:05 PM MT3:05 PM CT4:05 PM ET16:05 ET20:05 GMT4:05 1:05 PM MST3:05 PM EST3:35 PM VEN0:05 UAE (+1)3:05 PM CT, August 17, 2019
Ring Central Coliseum, Oakland, California  Attendance: 21,428

A's seek to gain more ground on Astros

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Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics

  1. Houston has won nine of 11 games against Oakland this season, holding Oakland to 2.5 runs per game and 6.2 hits per game. They are 22-11 in Oakland since the start of 2016, the best road record by any AL team against the A's in that span.
  2. The Astros are 38-12 (.760) against the AL West this season, on pace to be the best record by any team against its own division since divisional play began in 1969. The current record is 19-7 (.731) by the 1994 Mariners, who played just 26 games in a strike-shortened season.
  3. Oakland split a two-game set with San Francisco and has alternated wins and losses over its last nine games. They've held opponents to a .291 on-base percentage so far this month, third-lowest in MLB; only the Dodgers (.276) and Rays (.288) are better.
  4. Yuli Gurriel hit two home runs on Wednesday, improving his career-best home run total to 25 this season. He's slugging .854 since July 1, best in MLB in that span (minimum 100 PA), and his 17 HR in that span are tied with Mike Trout for the most in baseball.
  5. Mike Fiers will make the start against his former team tonight, boasting an AL-best 1.79 ERA since the All-Star Break (minimum 5 starts). He's thrown 5.0+ innings, allowing three or fewer runs in each of his last 19 starts, the second-longest single-season streak by an AL pitcher in the live-ball era; Johan Santana had 22 consecutive such starts in his 2004 Cy Young season.
  6. Both the Astros and Athletics have seven players with 15+ home runs this season, tied for second-most in MLB behind the Twins (eight). Houston's Robinson Chirinos sits at 13 home runs, two away from becoming the eighth Astro to hit 15 home runs, while Oakland's Stephen Piscotty is three homers away from joining that club.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/15/2019 thru 8/18/2019
(AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

The visiting Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics are expected to trot out new looks Saturday afternoon when the American League West front-runners continue their four-game series.

The A's used seven homers and a walk-off single by Robbie Grossman to trim two games from their 9 1/2-game deficit in two nights with a pair of one-run decisions, 7-6 and 3-2.

Being handed the task of keeping the A's in the ballpark Saturday in the wake of a 13-inning game in which the Astros used six relievers will be right-hander Rogelio Armenteros (1-0, 1.93 ERA), who will be promoted from Triple-A Round Rock to get the start in place of injured Gerrit Cole.

Armenteros has been a very average pitcher at Triple-A this season, sporting a 5-6 record and a 5.05 ERA. But he's been tough on major league hitters when given the opportunity.

He's appeared in four games for the Astros, including a start July 21 against Texas in which he allowed just one run and two hits in five innings.

He's never faced the A's, but manager A.J. Hinch thinks they're a good fit.

"He's thrown very well," Hinch said before the Friday game. "Righties (have fared) better than lefties against (the Oakland) lineup, and we think he's the right option for us."

Armenteros can expect to see catcher Josh Phegley among the Athletics' hitters after he'd been on the injured list because of a sore left thumb.

The A's had been mixing-and-matching Dustin Garneau and Chris Herrmann while Phegley was out of action. That duo combined to go 0-for-6 with a walk and four strikeout in the first two games of the series.

Herrmann, who caught all 13 innings Friday, did play a role in the game-winning uprising, sacrificing Corban Joseph from first to second, from where he scored on Grossman's game-winner.

After playing Thursday, Garneau was designated for assignment, creating a roster spot for Phegley, who had been eager to get back into the playoff chase.

"I just think this is where we put together our last run, the last month and a half, and I want to be here," Phegley said Friday. "We got a stretch here where we've got to make a push, and this is where it gets exciting, so I'm happy to be back."

The A's are scheduled to send right-hander Chris Bassitt (8-5, 3.56 ERA) to the mound on Saturday in pursuit of a fourth consecutive impressive start. The 30-year-old has gone 1-0 with a 0.95 ERA in his past three outings.

Bassitt has gone 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in five games (four starts) against the Astros in his career. Two of those head-to-heads came earlier this season, when he lost a 4-2 game at Houston last month after not getting a decision in a 6-3 home loss in June.

Each team has totaled just 16 hits in 22 innings in the first two games of the series. Ten of the Athletics' hits have been either homers (seven) or doubles (three).

--Field Level Media

Updated August 17, 2019

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