(AP) – No AL team strikes out as much as the Houston Astros, and Sonny Gray has amassed 28 strikeouts in his last three starts.
The Oakland Athletics starter is unbeaten against AL West opponents this year and has never lost to one on the road heading into Tuesday night’s matchup in Houston.
The Astros (25-14) have struck out 356 times to trail only the Chicago Cubs’ 363 in the majors.
That figures to play to the advantage of Gray (4-1, 1.61 ERA), who suffered his first loss Wednesday as he allowed one run over seven innings with nine strikeouts in a 2-0 home defeat to Boston.
Gray leads the AL in ERA, and is 4-0 with a 1.05 ERA in six starts against division foes. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 2.05 ERA in three career starts against the Astros with 20 strikeouts over 22 innings.
This is Gray’s first…
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