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Texans finally come to a decision on David Culley's fate​

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David Culley has been fired. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images.

According to Fox 26's Mark Berman and John McClain from the Houston Chronicle, David Culley has been fired as head coach of the Texans.

This news should not come as a surprise with the Texans needing several days to evaluate David Culley and the coaching staff. Plus, GM Nick Caserio has pushed back several interviews this week, which makes this decision look like a forgone conclusion.

The common thought on the Texans recently is that Nick Caserio has had a plan in place from the beginning, and Culley was likely to be a one and done head coach unless he proved he deserved the job. With the team going 4-13 this year, and Culley repeatedly making head-scratching comments in press conferences and postgame interviews, the decision was made easy for Houston.

We have to imagine the next Texans head coach will have a tie to the New England Patriots and Nick Caserio. Our money is on either Josh McDaniels, Brian Flores, or Jerod Mayo being the Texans next head coach.

Update:

Mark Berman is reporting that OC Tim Kelly has also been let go.

Ian Rapoport is hearing that Culley didn't want to make any changes to his staff, and that was an issue for the Texans.

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Houston Astros (22-28, third in the AL West) vs. Oakland Athletics (21-31, fourth in the AL West)

Oakland, California; Friday, 9:40 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Astros: Justin Verlander (2-2, 3.97 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 26 strikeouts); Athletics: Ross Stripling (1-8, 5.19 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, 32 strikeouts)

BETMGM SPORTSBOOK: LINE Astros -170, Athletics +142; over/under is 8 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The Oakland Athletics begin a three-game series at home against the Houston Astros on Friday.

Oakland has a 21-31 record overall and a 12-14 record in home games. The Athletics have hit 65 total home runs to rank third in the AL.

Houston is 22-28 overall and 8-13 in road games. The Astros have a 13-4 record in games when they did not allow a home run.

The teams match up Friday for the fifth time this season. The Astros lead the season series 4-0.

TOP PERFORMERS: Brent Rooker has 11 home runs, 17 walks and 32 RBI while hitting .286 for the Athletics. Max Schuemann is 12-for-35 with a double and two RBI over the past 10 games.

Kyle Tucker leads Houston with 17 home runs while slugging .638. Alex Bregman is 9-for-38 with three home runs and six RBI over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Athletics: 2-8, .225 batting average, 5.25 ERA, outscored by 27 runs

Astros: 7-3, .272 batting average, 3.13 ERA, outscored opponents by 20 runs

INJURIES: Athletics: Esteury Ruiz: 10-Day IL (wrist), Darell Hernaiz: 60-Day IL (ankle), Alex Wood: 15-Day IL (rotator cuff), Paul Blackburn: 15-Day IL (foot), Joseph Boyle: 15-Day IL (back), Freddy Tarnok: 60-Day IL (hip), Luis Medina: 60-Day IL (knee), Sean Newcomb: 60-Day IL (knee), Aledmys Diaz: 60-Day IL (calf), Miguel Andujar: 10-Day IL (knee), Ken Waldichuk: 60-Day IL (elbow), Trevor Gott: 60-Day IL (elbow)

Astros: Oliver Ortega: 60-Day IL (elbow), Bennett Sousa: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Penn Murfee: 60-Day IL (elbow), Luis Garcia: 60-Day IL (elbow), Lance McCullers Jr.: 60-Day IL (elbow), Jose Urquidy: 15-Day IL (forearm), Kendall Graveman: 60-Day IL (elbow)

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