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Game Thread #132: A’s at Astros

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Brett Anderson will take the mound in game one of the high-leverage series.

MLB: Seattle Mariners at Oakland Athletics Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Brett Anderson will take the mound for the A’s, coming off his best two starts off the year. Two outings ago, he went 7.2 innings, giving up zero runs on five hits, striking out two. He followed that up with a 1 hit, 0 run, 6 strikeout, 7 inning performance. Not too shabby, and he’s the owner of a 0.68 ERA in August

Gerrit Cole is starting for the Astros. He’s coming off a 5-inning, 3-run (2 earned) start, where he walked 2 and struck out 7. While he’s undoubtedly been good this year, his second half hasn’t been quite as stellar as the first. Since June 13th, coincidentally his last start in Oakland. he’s 4-4 with a 3.39 ERA in 13 outings. Not saying he’s spiraling downward, but he’s not invincible.

Ramon Laureano gets will get a start in centerfield as the game gets underway at 5:10!

Today's Lineups

ATHLETICS ASTROS
Nick Martini - LF George Springer - CF
Matt Chapman - 3B Alex Bregman - 3B
Jed Lowrie - 2B Jose Altuve - 2B
Khris Davis - DH Carlos Correa - SS
Matt Olson - 1B Marwin Gonzalez - LF
Stephen Piscotty - RF Tyler White - 1B
Marcus Semien - SS Evan Gattis - DH
Jonathan Lucroy - C Josh Reddick - RF
Ramon Laureano - CF Martin Maldonado - C