A chance for Houston to go up 2-0
ALDS Game 2 Preview: Astros vs. A's
After facing a 3-0 deficit in Game 1, Houston's offense roared to life to double up the A's 10-5 to start the ALDS with a win. The Astros now have the opportunity to sit squarely in the driver's seat if they can take the commanding 2-0 lead in the series with a victory in Tuesday's Game 2. Here are some quick facts about the game:
When: Tuesday October 6th, 3:37 PM Central
Where: Dodger Stadium - Los Angeles, California
Streaming: Watch TBS App
Pitching Matchup: Framber Valdez vs. Sean Manaea.
Series: HOU leads 1-0.
|Date & TIme (Central)||Pitching Matchup||Home Team|
|Game 1||Astros 10, A's 5||Lance McCullers Jr. vs Chris Bassitt||A's|
|Game 2||Tue 10/6, 3:37 PM||Framber Valdez vs. Sean Manaea||A's|
|Game 3||Wed 10/7, 2:35 PM||TBD vs TBD||Astros|
|Game 4*||Thu 10/8, 2:35 PM||TBD vs TBD||Astros|
|Game 5*||Fri 10/9, 2:35 PM||TBD vs TBD||A's|
All games played at Dodger Stadium.
* If necessary
Houston needs to get to Manaea and keep Oakland's bullpen on their heels
Sean Manaea had just two starts of six or more innings in the 2020 regular season: a six-inning three-run start against the Dodgers on September 23rd, and a seven-inning one-run start against the Astros on September 10th. He allowed runs in every game and went five innings or less in seven out of eleven.
Houston can grab significant control of this series if they can knock Manaea out early. Oakland had to use seven relievers in Game 1, so they will not only be hard-pressed to finish another long bullpen game, but it could weaken their bullpen to dangerous levels for games three and beyond, if necessary. It starts with George Springer, after a 4-for-5 day and RBI in Game 1, who can set the tone early with a big swing to start the game.
Take what Valdez gives you
Oakland got after Lance McCullers Jr. in a hurry in Game 1, especially the second time through the order. He allowed eight hits to Oakland over his four innings, while Houston's bullpen held the A's hitless over their five, allowing just one baserunner via a walk. Things may go differently for Framber Valdez, Houston's best pitcher of late, including getting the win in five innings of relief for Zack Greinke in ALWC Game 1. In ALDS Game 2, the Astros should take what Valdez can give them, then trust their bullpen to take it the rest of the way.
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