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Game No. 72 Preview: Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics

Could tonight’s starters switch teams in the near future?

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Houston Astros (47-24) vs. Oakland Athletics (31-39), June 20, 2017, 9:05 p.m. CT

TV: ROOT SPORTS Southwest
Radio: KBME 790 AM, La Nueva 94.1 FM
Online: MLB.TV
Athletics SBNation Blog: Athletics Nation

Pitching Matchup

RHP Francis Martes (1-0, 5.19 ERA, 1.27 WHIP) vs. RHP Sonny Gray (2-2, 4.44 ERA, 1.35 WHIP)

Preview

Tuesday’s starting pitching matchup for the Astros and Athletics. The Astros-Athletics are in talks surrounding Sonny Gray and one of the key pieces for that trade from Houston could be Francis Martes. Both teams will be able to get a first-hand look at each hurler.

Gray has been 0-0 with a 3.93 ERA in three starts in the month of June. He is also 2-0 with a 3.30 ERA in five home starts.

Gray is 4-2 with a 2.53 ERA in eight career starts against the Astros. He was 0-0 with a 1.80 ERA in one start in 2016.

Jose Altuve is 10-for-27 against Gray in his career with a double and one RBI. Brian McCann is 3-for-9 with a home run and tow RBIs. Evan Gattis is 3-for-15 with four strikeouts. Carlos Correa is 1-for-12 with three strikeouts against Gray.

Martes makes his second start for the Astros in his young major league career. He allowed one earned run on three hits over three innings against the Rangers on June 14.