Beginning a 4-game set are the Houston Astros and the Oakland Athletics on Thursday July 20 at the RingCentral Coliseum in Oakland.
Houston defeated the Angels in a crucial away set this past weekend, then on Tuesday and Wednesday it triumphed once in 2 games in Colorado. The Astros sit 4.5 matches away from the top spot in their division after going 5-5 in their past 10 matches. Houston now occupies the final Wildcard berth.
J.P. France, a right-handed pitcher for the Astros (4-3, 3.31 ERA), will make his twelfth start of the year. In his previous 3 starts, France had 3 solid outings, going 2-0 with a 2.60 ERA and 1.27 WHIP. His recent outing had no impact on the decision. In just 4.1 innings, he gave up 4 runs with 2 of them being earned, 9 hits, and 2 strikeouts.
The A’s, who have dropped 8 of their past 10 matches, are entirely in a developmental season. They defeated the Red Sox twice during 3 home games this week after receiving a domestic sweep by Minnesota the previous weekend. The pitching is dreadful but the team’s offense is poor. Despite having given up 27 runs in the 5 games prior, they defeated the Red Sox in an unusual shutout on Tuesday.
Left-hander Hogan Harris of the A’s will pitch for them. This will be his 5th start of the year and his brief professional career. Hogan had a poor performance in his previous 3 outings, making 2 starts and 1 relief effort for a combined 10.29 ERA and 2.29 WHIP. In his most recent start, which was versus the Detroit Tigers, he was unable to succeed. He pitched for 4.1 innings, surrendering 8 hits, 7 earned runs, and 4 walks.
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Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics Game Information
- Date: 07/20/2023
- Time: 09:40 PM ET
- Location: O.co Coliseum.
- How to Watch Astros vs Athletics: MLB.TV
- Live Stream: MLB.TV