Houston Astros (91-62, first in the AL West) vs. Oakland Athletics (82-71, third in the AL West)
Oakland, California; Friday, 9:40 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Astros: Zack Greinke (11-6, 4.11 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 117 strikeouts) Athletics: Frankie Montas (12-9, 3.57 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 192 strikeouts)
LINE: Athletics -115, Astros -105; over/under is 8 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Oakland and Houston will play on Friday.
The Athletics are 40-38 in home games in 2020. Oakland has hit 188 home runs as a team this season. Matt Olson leads them with 38, averaging one every 14 at-bats.
The Astros are 44-34 on the road. Houston is slugging .445 as a unit. Kyle Tucker leads the team with a slugging percentage of .555.
The Athletics won the last meeting 2-1. Frankie Montas earned his eighth victory and Olson went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI for Oakland. Lance McCullers Jr. registered his second loss for Houston.
TOP PERFORMERS: Olson leads the Athletics with 38 home runs and has 105 RBI.
Jose Altuve is second on the Astros with 29 home runs and is slugging .482.
LAST 10 GAMES: Athletics: 5-5, .233 batting average, 4.30 ERA, outscored by one run
Astros: 7-3, .279 batting average, 3.39 ERA, outscored opponents by 27 runs
INJURIES: Athletics: Trevor Rosenthal: (chest), Daulton Jefferies: (elbow), Mike Fiers: (right elbow), Stephen Piscotty: (wrist), Mitch Moreland: (wrist).
Astros: Justin Verlander: (elbow), Andre Scrubb: (shoulder), Jake Odorizzi: (foot), Rafael Montero: (shoulder), Tyler Ivey: (undisclosed), Kent Emanuel: (elbow), Pedro Baez: (shoulder), Michael Brantley: (knee), Yordan Alvarez: (soreness), Freudis Nova: (knee), Taylor Jones: (covid-19).
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.
Greinke scheduled to start for Houston against Oakland
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