Oakland Athletics (23-14) at Houston Astros (21-19)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 6:10 pm (Ring Central Coliseum)
Frankie Montas (2-3) (6.06) vs. Zack Greinke (3-0) (2.91)
The Line: Houston Astros / Oakland Athletics --- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Oakland A’s and the Houston Astros meet in game one of a double-header in an AL West division matchup in MLB action from the Ring Central Coliseum on Tuesday.
The Oakland A’s will look to build on a 6-0 win over the Astros on Monday night. Sean Murphy led the way by going 2 for 3 with a home run and three RBIs while Tony Kemp had a double and an RBI. Stephen Piscotty went 2 for 4 with an RBI and Ramon Laureano added an RBI as well to finish off the scoring for the A’s in the winning effort. Chad Pinder had a double while Robbie Grossman and Tommy La Stella each had a base hit to cap off Oakland’s offense as a team in victory. Chris Bassitt got the win to improve to 3-2 on the year after throwing seven shutout innings while giving up just seven hits and striking out four. Frankie Montas will start here and is 2-3 with a 6.06 ERA and 33 strikeouts this season. In his career, Montas is 3-3 with a 4.63 ERA and 26 strikeouts against Houston.
The Houston Astros will try to rebound after being held off of the scoreboard on Monday night. Carlos Correa went 2 for 4 at the dish while George Springer, Michael Brantley, Yuli Gurriel, Aledmys Diaz and Abraham Toro each had a single hit as the Astros had seven hits as a team with none of those hits going for extra bases in the losing effort. Cristian Javier took the loss, falling to 4-2 on the year after allowing two runs on three hits while striking out three over five innings of work. Zack Greinke will start here and is 3-0 with a 2.91 ERA and 44 strikeouts this season. In his career, Greinke is 9-2 with a 2.74 ERA and 91 strikeouts against Oakland.
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I’m tempted by Oakland after how the A’s suffocated the Astros in Monday’s opener, but the fact here is that Montas has struggled across his last three starts, posting a 16.76 ERA with 18 runs allowed in 9.2 innings. Greinke hasn’t looked like an ace for much of the season by any means, but he still has solid stuff and he’s practically owned the A’s in his career. It’s a lean here, but I’ll side with the Astros to start the double-header with a win behind Greinke.