After a disappointing 2-4 home-stand, albeit a couple of those losses could easily have gone our way instead, the A’s will hope that a trip to Texas allows them to go into the All-Star break on a high note.
Houston Astros (A)
Season series so far: 3-7
The A’s took 2 out of 3 when they last played the Astros at Minute Maid Park in mid-April, which hopefully will be a good omen for this series. The Astros are 3.5 games ahead in the AL West coming into it and have been in good form of late, completing a four-game sweep of Cleveland yesterday.
Gm1. Chris Bassitt – Framber Valdez
Gm2. Sean Manaea – Luis Garcia
Gm3. Frankie Montas – Lance McCullers Jr.
Texas Rangers (A)
Season series so far: 3-4
Another series against the Rangers?! We somehow went through most of the first half of the season without playing them, before facing them seven times in the past two weeks. They’ve narrowly had the better of it so far, mainly because Joey Gallo decided to hit every half-decent pitch he saw for a home run in the last series.
Gm1. Cole Irvin – Jordan Lyles
Gm2. James Kaprielian – Mike Foltynewicz
Gm3. Chris Bassitt – Kolby Allard