Oakland Athletics (38-27) at Houston Astros (33-31)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 3:35 pm (Dodger Stadium)
Frankie Montas (3-5) (5.60) vs. Cristian Javier (5-2) (3.48)
The Line: Houston Astros -115 / Oakland Athletics +105 --- Over/Under: 9.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Oakland A’s and the Houston Astros meet in game four of their best-of-five ALDS series from Dodger Stadium on Thursday afternoon.
The Oakland A’s will look to force a game five after making it a 2-1 series with a 9-7 win over the Astros on Wednesday. Chad Pinder led the charge, going 3 for 4 with a home run, a double and four RBIs while Marcus Semien, Tommy La Stella, Matt Olson and Mark Canha all had solo home runs with Canha, Semien and La Stella putting up a pair of hits each. Sean Murphy added an RBI to finish off the scoring for the A’s in the win while Ramon Laureano added a base hit as well to cap off the offense. Jesus Luzardo gave up four earned runs on five hits over 4.1 innings of work, but it was Liam Hendriks closing out the final three innings to get the win in relief. Frankie Montas is expected to start here and was 3-5 with a 5.60 ERA and 60 strikeouts in the regular season. In his career, Montas is 4-3 with a 4.50 ERA and 30 strikeouts against Houston.
The Houston Astros will look to bounce back and close out the series after dropping game three on Wednesday. Aledmys Diaz had a two-run home run while Jose Altuve went 3 for 5 with a solo home run. Michael Brantley and Alex Bregman each had two hits with an RBI with Bregman adding a double while Carlos Correa and Kyle Tucker each had an RBI as well to cap off Houston’s offense in defeat. Jose Urquidy gave up four runs on five hits with three strikeouts over 4.1 innings of work, but it was Brooks Raley who took the loss in relief after allowing two runs in the 8th inning.Cristian Javier will start this one and is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and two strikeouts this season. In his career, Javier is 0-2 with a 7.88 ERA and 8 strikeouts against the A’s.
We saw the bats come alive in Wednesday’s matchup and while I’d like to expect a pitcher’s duel in game four, I just don’t trust Frankie Montas as a starter and Javier’s struggles in a small sample size against the A’s are well documented as well. I’ll side with the over here as I think this one hits double digits.