Houston Astros (46-24) vs. Oakland Athletics (31-38), June 19, 2017, 9:05 p.m. CT
RHP Brad Peacock (3-1, 3.00 ERA, 1.21 WHIP) vs. RHP Daniel Gossett (0-1, 16.20 ERA, 2.10 WHIP)
After winning 11 games in a row to end May and start June, the Houston Astros have lost eight of their last 12 games. The Astros (46-24) hope to right the ship on the road against AL West basement dwellers, Oakland Athletics. The A’s (31-38) come into Monday’s game having swept a four-game series with the red-hot New York Yankees.
Houston will send out former A’s farmhand RHP Brad Peacock to start game one of the four-game series. Peacock (3-1, 3.00 ERA) makes his sixth start for Houston. He is 1-1 with a 4.37 ERA in those starts. Striking out 36 over 22 2/3 innings.
Peacock is 1-4 with a 4.81 ERA in 12 career games (nine starts) against the A's. He has allowed 26 earned runs in 48 2/3 innings. Peacock has faced the A's in 2017 in relief, he allowed one earned run over 1 2/3 innings. He allowed just two earned runs over 7 1/3 innings in two games (one start) in 2016.
Jed Lowrie and Stephen Vogt are the only batters with 10-plus at-bats against Peacock. Lowrie is 3-for-14 with a home run and three RBIs. Vogt is 1-for-12 with one RBI.
RHP Daniel Gossett will start for the A’s. Gossett is making his second career start after replacing the injured Andrew Triggs. Gossett allowed seven runs (six earned) over 3 1/3 innings in a loss against Miami in his debut.
Gossett has long shown a strong arm, with a fastball that sits in the low 90s, reaching 95-96 mph with good arm-side life and late sinking action. His curveball projects to be above average and is his best secondary offering, and he tightened up his upper-80s slider, a dominant offering in college, last season after losing feel for the pitch at the outset of his pro career. Gossett also has good feel for a changeup, giving him a weapon to help neutralize left-handed hitters.
Gossett made strides on all fronts last season as he generated more whiffs and induced weaker contact, all while reducing his walk rate against advanced hitters. He's been a model of durability early in his career, logging exactly 27 starts in back-to-back years, and is a safe bet to become a No. 4 starter, although his 2016 campaign suggests he may be capable of achieving a more significant role.