The Houston Astros head to the west coast after a weekend against the White Sox in Chicago.They won the openerbut faltered at the next two games. They dropped a 4-1 decision and then got into a high-scoring shootout in a 13-9 closing. The next match was an uncharacteristic loss for the Astros, as their pitching got throttled for 13 runs yesterday afternoon. Wade Miley got out of sorts early and continued just 3.1 innings prior to the bullpen took over and took an even worse beating. Ryan Pressly took the largest loss, as he was exploited for 4 earned runs in just an inning of work. Despite this rough string, the Astros have been in great shape with a 9.5-game lead in the AL West. The Astros can manage to have a hit in August and still cruise to the postseason with the AL West crown ahead. However, they’re still competing with the Yankees for seeding. The Yankees are a few games up on the Astros, therefore there’s work left to do for Houston in that regard. There is also the Dodgers who would have homefield edge on them when they were to meet in the World Series. The major aim is under wraps for the Astros, however. They won’t have to play at the Wild Card Game, while the Athletics do not know if they will be playing any postseason game. Every match becomes more important than the preceding from now on out. Mike Fiers, who has been the most underrated pitcher in the majors this season, will be tasked with leading the Athletics into a win over the Astros on Thursday. Unexpectedly, Aaron Sanchez will be making his third start for a member of the Astros tonight. Head below to our complimentary Astros vs. Athletics choice. Betting odds provided by bovada.lv Aaron Sanchez has been thrown into a life preserver when the Astros called the Blue Jays and acquired about the availability of him. Sanchez got a trade to a competitive team and a club who has been known for getting the maximum from their pitchers. Actually Justin Verlander has looked better in Houston and this is later pitching no-hitters and a Cy Young in Detroit. JV said he learned things he never knew before and it has appeared to provide help. In Sanchez’s brief time in Houston thus far, he’s been good using a 0.82 ERA in two trips. Can it be the Astros’ result or he is only eventually finding his groove? It might be a little of both. Sanchez did put together a solid outing for the Blue Jays from the Indians two starts before going to Houston. Overall on the season, Sanchez moves with a 5.60 ERA and 1.60 WHIP. I really don’t think he was as bad as he seemed in Toronto for nearly all the year, however that I also don’t believe he is as great as we have seen in Houston that the last two games. Sanchez has been rickety flying on the street in 2019, as he retains an ERA of both 6.41 and also 1.79 WHIP in 60.1 innings. The Athletics are hitting on .269 with 6 runs performed on Sanchez at 52 at-bats. The key for Oakland in this sport, though, is going to be the play of Mike Fiers. Everybody has been sleeping this season, but he’s been generating in their turning. Fiers was particularly sharp in the home, where he has boasted an ERA of 2.54 and also 1.03 WHIP in 78 innings. Be aware that at ten of his previous eleven excursions, Fiers has allowed two or less runs. He has not given up more than just 3 runs in a start since way back on April 20th against the Blue Jays. The’Stros are hitting on just .230 against Fiers from 122 at-bats. The oddsmakers have been sleeping on Fiers this year too. As a home underdog, Fiers is always looking.