Houston Astros (48-24) vs. Oakland Athletics (31-40), June 21, 2017, 9:05 p.m. CT
RHP Mike Fiers (4-2, 4.00 ERA, 1.36 WHIP) vs. LHP Sean Manaea (6-3, 4.01 ERA, 1.11 WHIP)
The Houston Astros appear to be back on track after two games in Oakland. Five home runs and two solid starts from the Houston starting pitchers to open the four-game series with two wins.
The Astros now turn to their defacto, bizarro ace for the moment, Mike Fiers.
Fiers is 3-0 with a 3-0 with a 1.78 ERA and 24 strikeouts and no home runs over his last 25 1⁄3 innings. A far departure from his start to the season when he allowed 18 home runs over his first nine starts — causing him to be sent to the bullpen for one day because injuries struck the Astros rotation.
Fiers is 0-2 with a 4.32 ERA in six starts against the Athletics, he is 0-2 with a 5.24 ERA in four starts in Oakland. Marcus Semien (.182), Stephen Vogt (.500), and Yonder Alonso (.500) each have 10-plus career at-bats against Fiers. Mark Canha and Jed Lowrie are the only current A's with a home run against Fiers.
Sean Manaea starts for the A's, he is 5-0 with a 2.84 ERA in his six starts. That said, he gave up five runs over six innings against the Yankees on June 16.
Sean Manaea is 0-1 with a 1.71 ERA in five career starts. Jose Altuve is 0-for-11 in his career against Manaea. Carlos Correa is 1-for-10. George Springer is 3-for-11. Evan Gattis is the only Astro with a home run off Manaea, and his 3-for-12 with a home run.