Peacock seeks better fate this time vs. A's

Peacock seeks better fate this time vs. A's

The Astros will make their way to Oakland to meet with the A's for a third time this season, with a four-game series between the American League West foes on tap at the Coliseum starting Monday.

Houston, which has the best road record in the AL (23-8), will send right-hander Brad Peacock to the mound, while the A's counter with right-hander Daniel Gossett, who will be making just the second start of his Major League career.

The Astros closed out a 3-6 homestand by losing two of three games to Boston, and the A's are coming off a four-game sweep of the Yankees. That was Oakland's first sweep of any kind since last September, and its first at home since May 30-June 1 last year.

Gossett took the loss in his big league debut in Miami on Wednesday, yielding seven runs (six earned) in 3 1/3 innings upon his callup from Triple-A Nashville. He was 3-3 with a 3.41 ERA in 11 starts for the Sounds.

Peacock, a former member of the A's organization, is making his sixth start after beginning the season in the bullpen. He last pitched Wednesday against the Rangers on three days' rest, striking out 10 in 4 2/3 innings with one run allowed.

Three things to know about this game

• If you've felt like you've seen a lot of long taters in Oakland this season, you're not mistaken. Ryon Healy, for one, hit two home runs off the Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka on Saturday that each extended past 400 feet, giving him an MLB-high 15 homers measuring 400 feet or more this season. As a team, the A's have clubbed more 400-plus foot homers at home in the cavernous Coliseum than any other team at its home park this season.

• Astros second baseman Jose Altuve leads the Majors in road batting average at .416 (47-for-113) and road on-base percentage (.500). He led the Majors in road batting average last year at .372. Altuve is hitting .692 (9-for-13) in his last four games overall and has reached base in 13 of 17 plate appearances in that span.

• As a team, the Astros are hitting .290 on the road this season with 48 homers and 188 RBIs in 31 games. They're averaging 6.6 runs per game away from home.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for since 2010. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.