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Game Thread #112: Athletics vs. Astros

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Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to day baseball! Woooo!

Unfortunately, Sonny Gray simply cannot pitch every inning of every game. In my opinion it's worth trying out, but apparently you need four different starters. So, we're stuck depending on a Jesse Chavez (5-11, 3.88) rebound. He's been simply awful since the All-Star break, putting up a 6.62 ERA (!!!). Hitters are hitting .325/.393/.541. It hasn't been good.

Meanwhile, Collin McHugh (13-5, 4.27) has been the reverse, putting up a 3.24 ERA since the break. Today's matchup doesn't exactly favor the A's, but, hey, stranger things have happened.

Here are the lineups:

Today's Lineups

HOUSTON ASTROS OAKLAND A'S
Jose Altuve - 2B Billy Burns - CF
Carlos Gomez - CF Coco Crisp - LF
Carlos Correa - SS Josh Reddick - RF
Colby Rasmus - RF Danny Valencia - DH
Evan Gattis - DH Stephen Vogt - C
Preston Tucker - LF Brett Lawrie - 3B
Luis Valbuena - 3B Ike Davis - 1B
Chris Carter - 1B Marcus Semien - SS
Hank Conger - C Eric Sogard - 2B
Collin McHugh - RHP Jesse Chavez - RHP