MLB: Oakland Athletics vs Houston Astros
- Title : MLB: Oakland Athletics vs Houston Astros
Oakland won their seventh straight game as they rallied in the bottom of the 13th inning to earn the win Friday night. The A’s entered Saturday holding a 3.5-game advantage over the Astros in the AL West race. Oakland got two hits from Matt Chapman (run) and Marcus Semien (RBI), who knocked in the winning run in the bottom of the 13th for the A’s. Chris Bassitt had a stellar outing, throwing seven innings and allowing one run on three hits with three walks against three strikeouts, yet didn’t factor in the decision. J.B. Wendelken (1-0) earned the win in relief as he threw three innings, allowing one run (none earned) on two hits with a walk and a strikeout.
Houston suffered a third straight defeat as they were knocked off in a contest
This one is going to be a gut check for the Astros, who entered Saturday having dropped three straight games coming into Saturday’s contest. Houston has struggled with their rotation after Gerrit Cole left via free agency and Justin Verlander suffered an injury.
Oakland has a ton of momentum and they are an excellent team at home. Seeing how Houston wasted a quality start on Friday night thanks to their inability in generating offense, you have to be concerned about their chances here. Both young starters were strong in their respective first starts of the year. Luzardo, pitching at home and backed by the Oakland defense, gets the edge in this one as the A’s take the win and the series.
Prediction: Oakland win