Houston Astros (29-31, second in AL West) vs. Auckland Athletics (36-24, first in AL West)
Los Angeles; Monday, 4:07 p.m.
Pitching Difficulties: Houston: Lance McCullers Jr. (3-3, 3.93 ERA in regular season) Auckland: Chris Bassitt (5-2, 2.29 ERA in regular season)
Line: Athletics liked 1 1/2 runs; Over / Under 8 runs
Bottom line: Chris Bassitt and Auckland will host Houston in Game 1 of the LDS.
Athletics are 26-14 against their remaining division. Auckland has a .194 batting average after this team, with Chad Pinder leading them with .333.
The Astros are 19-21 against AL West Division opponents. Houston has a declining percentage of .254 after this team, with Carlos Correa leading them with 1.000 points in 6 at-bats.
Regular Season Top Performance: Matt Olson leads the Athletics with 42 RBIs and is batting.195.
Kyle Tucker leads the Astros with 27 extra base hits and is slugging.512.
Last 10 Games: Athletics: 5-5, .211 Batting, Sat, 4.77 E.A.
Injuries: Athletics: Birch Smith: (right hand), AJ Puck: (shoulder), Matt Chapman: (hip).
Astros: Justin Verlander: (forearm), in Stein Pruit: (elbow), Brad More: (shoulder), Roberto Osuna: (right elbow), Chris Dewansky: (elbow), Roslio Armentros: (unknown), friend (Knees).
The Associated Press has created this story using data from the technology and support provided by DataScrave.
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