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Game Preview #38: Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros

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Here’s all you need to know for tonight’s ballgame as the Astros look to build off their offensive explosion from last night

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Oakland Athletics (18-17) vs. Houston Astros (22-15), May 8, 2018, 9:05 PM CDT

TV: AT&T SportsNet-SW

Radio: KBME 790, La Ranchera 850 AM

Online: MLB.TV

Athletics SBNation Blog: Athletics Nation

Pitching Matchup

LHP Sean Manaea (4-3, 1.63 ERA, 42 SO) vs. RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (4-1, 3.73 ERA, 49 SO)

Young Astros right-handed hurler Lance McCullers will look to bounce back from a very weird last start agains the Yankees, as he struggled early but then somehow found a way to pitch seven full innings in a game where many bounces did not go his way.

The result was not pretty the last time the Astros faced Sean Manaea, as the newest (solo) member of the No Hitter club shut down the Astros lineup in Minute Maid Park. Tonight, the team will need the whole lineup to produce in order to be successful and even come close to their performance from last night.

Today’s Lineups

Houston Astros Oakland Athletics
Houston Astros Oakland Athletics
George Springer - RF Marcus Semien - SS
Jose Altuve - 2B Matt Joyce - LF
Carlos Correa - SS Jed Lowrie - 2B
Yuli Gurriel - 1B Khris Davis - DH
Alex Bregman - 3B Matt Olson - 1B
Marwin Gonzalez - LF Matt Chapman - 3B
Evan Gattis - DH Chad Pinder - CF
Brian McCann - C Stephen Piscotty - RF
Jake Marisnick - CF Bruce Maxwell - C
Lance McCullers Jr. - RHP Sean Manaea - LHP