OAKLAND,Calif. (AP) — Chris Bassitt believes the Oakland Athletics' struggles against the Houston Astros are due in part to the perception that the 2017 World Series championship are unbeatable. He helped pierce that aura of invincibility on Saturday. Matt Chapman doubled among his three hits and Mark Canha had two hits and three RBIs to back Bassitt's six solid innings in the Athletics' 8-4 victory over the Astros. Matt Olson and Josh Phegley each had two hits for Oakland, which finished with 13 hits — just two for extra bases. The A's have won four straight games and 11 of their last 16. They have gained four games in four days on the Astros, closing to within 6 1/2 games of the AL West leaders.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Yordan Álvarez has reached an aura where his slumps are noteworthy. He finished the three-game series with the White Sox just 1-for-11. An 0-for-4 showing in the series opener against the A's sent him to a 1-for-15 skid, the longest of his very brief big league career. So concerning was the small sample slump, manager A.J. Hinch fielded a question surrounding it on Friday. "He's been successful, just not hitting home runs at a historic rate," Hinch quipped before Friday's game. "To react to any of it, to be honest, is premature. He was bound to slow down a little bit. The fact that he's not carrying us in production that is at the top of the major leagues is nothing to really
The A's hope to continue their gain on the Astros in the third game of a four-game home series.
Astros third. Jose Altuve singles to center field. Michael Brantley singles to left center field. Jose Altuve to second. Alex Bregman doubles to deep left center field. Michael Brantley to third. Jose Altuve scores. Yordan Alvarez out on a sacrifice fly to left field to Robbie Grossman. Michael Brantley scores. Carlos Correa walks. Yuli Gurriel strikes out swinging. Martin Maldonado called out on strikes. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 left on. Astros 2, Athletics 0. Athletics third. Corban Joseph singles to right field. Josh Phegley singles to center field. Corban Joseph to second. Marcus Semien singles to shallow infield. Josh Phegley to second. Corban Joseph to third. Robbie Grossman singles
Caption Close OAKLAND, Calif. — In the midst of a miserable slump that raises questions whether he still deserves everyday at-bats, Astros outfielder Josh Reddick received a day off on Saturday against A's starter Chris Bassitt. A 1-for-5 showing in Friday's 3-2, 13-inning loss reduced Reddick's OPS to .691. Since July 2, Reddick is slashing .184/.234/.237. He has not homered since June 28. “We met in Chicago and (will) just keep encouraging him to find his best swing and contribute.” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “He hit a couple balls pretty well yesterday and just hasn't gotten a ton of luck. But also, we need production out of him.” In August, Reddick is 5-for-36. Only one of his five hits
Last July, you may remember the issue of Jake Marisnick and his collision with Angels catcher Jonathon Lucroy. Although most observers believed the collision was unintentional, it did cause serious injury to Lucroy, and Marisnick was suspended for two games. When the Astros went to Anaheim a few days later, there was jeering and general fan abuse directed at Marisnick, and when the Angels threw at Marisnick's head, The Angels dugout and bullpen emptied. And yet just as the Astros were about to engage the battle, Marisnick implored his teammates to remain in the dugout. The story was written HERE and reached all the way to New Jersey to the ears of the organization Outstanding Sportsmanship is
When San Francisco Giants outfielder Mike Yastrzemski hit three home runs against the Arizona Diamondbacks last night, he added to the legend of the 2019 MLB rookie class. Yastrzemski became the third rookie in the last week to hit three homers in a game, joining Yordan Alvarez of the Houston Astros and Aristides Aquino of the Cincinnati Reds. Not only is this the first time that three different rookies have had three-homer games in a week, but the first time that three different rookies have had a three-homer game, period: Alvarez has been one of the most prolific hitters in all of baseball since he debuted on June 9. Through just 51 games, Alvarez is slashing .339/.425/.688 with 17 homers and
There is a very large 23% gap between the Astros and the Yankees. The New York Yankees at 22.7% trail the Houston Astros at 45.8%. The difference between these teams is widening as the Yankees chances are down from 32.4 percent. A difference of 1.6 wins may not sound like much but that much of a difference between the #5 best record and the #6 best record in the AL is considerable. There is not a lot of parity and power is concentrated at the top of the AL with just 4 teams having at least a 4% chance of winning it. Visit Sportsline to get the latest game forecasts, picks against the moneyline, run line, and totals by the computer and top Vegas handicappers. We also have the best player projections
Rockets forward Danuel House Jr. will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Tuesday's baseball game between the Houston Astros and Detroit Tigers, reports Fox 26 Houston sports director Mark Berman. A native Houstonian, the 26-year-old House averaged 9.4 points and 3.6 rebounds in 25.1 minutes per game during the 2018-19 season, his first with the Rockets. House's athleticism, defensive versatility, and soft touch from long range (41.6% on three-pointers) quickly made him a fixture in head coach Mike D'Antoni's rotation. The 6-foot-7 swingman re-signed with the Rockets on a three-year, $11.1-million deal on the first night of free agency, and The Athletic's Kelly Iko has reported that Houston's
Astros prospect and Hooks pitcher Forrest Whitley is overcoming performance struggles and first round pick expectations Hooks pitcher Forrest Whitley, the Houston Astros No. 2 prospect, looked like he might be on the fast track to the big leagues. But his journey has been a little longer. Other pitching prospects in the Astros organization such as Corbin Martin, who was recently traded, and Jose Urquidy have made their MLB debuts, the right-hander out of Alamo Heights has faced nagging injuries and performance issues over the last three seasons that have delayed his development. “This is the game we play, there's a risk with everything we do, especially as pitchers,” said the 21-year old
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CLUTCH SUMMARY: Mike Trout pretty much has the American League MVP award wrapped up already. Seriously. Continuing his torrid play in the MLB, Trout has been an unstoppable force for the Angels, and 2019 is another season to cement that. The Houston Astros look to be the only team that has multiple players in the conversation that will fill out the rest of the MVP order. The month of August usually brings out the real contenders for the MLB playoffs, while also cutting off pretenders who hung around too long. With that, the case for winning league MVP awards is also getting closer to being decided, and the American League is well on its way to finishing up that race. Los Angeles Angels center
Caption Close OAKLAND, Calif. — With pitching coach Brent Strom in attendance, injured Astros reliever Lance McCullers Jr. threw his first flat-ground session since undergoing Tommy John surgery in November. McCullers shared the video of his accomplishment on social media. Strom, who's been away from the team for nearly two weeks after gastrointestinal surgery, attended the session at Minute Maid Park on Thursday. McCullers will not pitch this season. Barring any sort of setback or discomfort, the 25-year-old righthander will slot back into the Astros' rotation in 2020 behind Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke. Strom, meanwhile, is scheduled to rejoin the Astros during their upcoming homestand.