HOUSTON — The Houston Astros opened their second consecutive four-game collection on Monday evening, marking the one time this season they’ll face four-game collection in succession.
The collection in opposition to the Oakland Athletics marks the ninth of 12 four-game units for Houston (61-32) this season. Including one recreation to increase a three-game set would not essentially affect technique, however it does current managers extra ideas to contemplate relating to in-game matchups.
“I believe you listen the second time you ask a reliever to undergo the identical a part of the order,” Astros supervisor A.J. Hinch mentioned. “For instance, when Joe Smith is available in to face one in every of these right-handed hitters I’ve to concentrate as a result of he can get three or 4 at-bats in opposition to the identical man in 4 video games.
“I do know it is just one extra recreation, however the probabilities of you dealing with the identical pocket of a lineup as a reliever is far larger in a four-game collection.”
The Astros had their six-game house successful streak snapped with a 2-Zero loss to the A’s. The shutout loss was their sixth of the season, every at Minute Maid Park.
Proper-hander Justin Verlander (9-4, 2.15 ERA) will make his penultimate begin on Tuesday earlier than the All-Star Recreation break. He allowed three runs and 5 hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings of a 7-Three win over Oakland on June 14.
Verlander is 11-6 with a 2.68 ERA in 18 profession begins in opposition to the Athletics. He was named to his seventh All-Star staff on Sunday.
Left-hander Sean Manaea (8-6, 3.33 ERA) will begin for Oakland. He’s 3-Zero with a 2.79 ERA in six begins because the starting of June after opening the season 4-2 with a 1.03 ERA in his first six begins.
Manaea is 2-Four with a 2.54 ERA in 10 profession begins in opposition to the Astros, in opposition to whom he made his big-league debut on April 29, 2016. He’s 1-1 with a 2.84 ERA in two begins in opposition to Houston this season.
Left fielder Mark Canha made his 13th begin batting second within the lineup on Monday, and whereas he completed 0-for-Four with a strikeout, Canha hit the ball onerous twice in opposition to Astros right-hander Gerrit Cole.
With Matt Joyce, who has batted second 16 instances, on the 10-day disabled record with a lumbar pressure, Canha has turn out to be a two-hole fixture and has enabled Oakland (51-40) to reconfigure its lineup and bump shortstop Marcus Semien into the eighth spot, the place he can inject pace.
“A pair years in the past, that is the place he hit for a great portion of the 12 months,” Athletics supervisor Bob Melvin mentioned of Canha. “Now he is attending to see a number of right-handed pitching and he is having success in opposition to it. With Joyce out, he is gotten the begins and he is executed an incredible job with it.
“It permits us to get a bit of pace on the backside with Marcus too and elongates our lineup some. As of proper now, he’ll get a great portion of those video games.”