Athletics and Astros play to decide series winner
Houston Astros (55-29, first in the AL West) vs. Oakland Athletics (29-57, fifth in the AL West)
Oakland, California; Sunday, 4:07 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Astros: Jake Odorizzi (3-2, 4.04 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 24 strikeouts); Athletics: Cole Irvin (3-6, 3.35 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 56 strikeouts)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Astros -186, Athletics +158; over/under is 8 runs
BOTTOM LINE: The Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros play on Sunday with the three-game series tied 1-1.
Oakland is 29-57 overall and 11-31 at home. The Athletics have gone 15-8 in games when they scored five or more runs.
Houston is 28-17 in road games and 55-29 overall. The Astros have the second-ranked team ERA in the AL at 2.98.
Sunday’s game is the sixth time these teams match up this season. The Astros have a 4-1 advantage in the season series.
TOP PERFORMERS: Elvis Andrus has 20 doubles, six home runs and 22 RBI for the Athletics. Ramon Laureano is 10-for-36 with four home runs and six RBI over the past 10 games.
Yordan Alvarez has 11 doubles, two triples and 26 home runs while hitting .306 for the Astros. Jeremy Pena is 7-for-29 with three home runs over the last 10 games.
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LAST 10 GAMES: Athletics: 4-6, .203 batting average, 3.45 ERA, outscored by three runs
Astros: 8-2, .271 batting average, 3.03 ERA, outscored opponents by 25 runs
INJURIES: Athletics: Frankie Montas: day-to-day (shoulder), Jed Lowrie: 10-Day IL (shoulder), Jonah Bride: 10-Day IL (shoulder), Dany Jimenez: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Daulton Jefferies: 60-Day IL (arm), Deolis Guerra: 60-Day IL (elbow), Brent Honeywell Jr.: 60-Day IL (elbow)
Astros: Jeremy Pena: day-to-day (health and safety protocols), Jason Castro: 10-Day IL (knee), Blake Taylor: 60-Day IL (elbow), Michael Brantley: 10-Day IL (shoulder), Josh James: 60-Day IL (lat), Parker Mushinski: 15-Day IL (elbow), Lance McCullers Jr.: 60-Day IL (forearm)