Jesse Chavez was roughed up by the Astros on Monday, allowing six runs over 5 1/3 innings to fall to 8-7.
Chavez has been blessed with an easy schedule lately, but he hasn't capitalized, giving up 11 runs in 16 2/3 innings in two starts against the Astros and one versus the Mariners. He's one start away from surpassing his career high in innings, and the anticipated trip to the bullpen might come sooner rather than later. If so, the A's would turn to Tommy Milone or Drew Pomeranz in his place.
Chris Carter hit a three-run homer off Jesse Chavez on Monday, giving him 21 homers this year.
He hit the first of the Astros' four homers tonight. Carter is 10-for-29 in his last eight games, raising his average from .200 to .214.
Stephen Vogt collected his fifth homer and eighth double against the Astros on Monday.
Vogt hasn't played much against lefties, but that may change now after his strong game against Brett Oberholtzer tonight. He's hitting .375 with just seven strikeouts in 80 at-bats this month and .361 in 148 at-bats overall.
Tsuyoshi Wada allowed just one run over seven innings to beat the Rockies on Monday.
Well, technically it was the Rockies, though it's little more than a skeleton crew at the moment. Wada allowed five hits, walked one and struck out six in a much better outing than the one he had last week against the Padres. He's still a weak play in NL-only leagues right now.
Getting a start at shortstop, Charlie Culberson went 0-for-3 on Monday, lowering his average to .179.
Worse, Culberson has a horrific 41/4 K/BB ratio in 134 at-bats. His ability to play all four infield spots and left field would come in handy if he were hitting at all, but he's been a liability in his bench role this year.
Yu Darvish pitched seven innings of two-run ball to beat the Yankees on Monday.
Darvish had some trouble with Brett Gardner, who homered twice, and Derek Jeter, who came through with three hits, but he was able to shut down the rest of the lineup, striking out eight in the process. He's 10-6 with a 2.90 ERA this year and 3-1 with a 2.01 ERA in five career starts versus the Yankees.
Neftali Feliz pitched a perfect ninth on Monday for his second save since being shifted into the closer's role.
That's the good news. Less encouraging is that Feliz's fastball was coming in at 91 mph after often touching 93-95 mph in his previous couple of appearances. It didn't hurt him, but hopefully, it's not a sign of things to come.
Brett Gardner went 3-for-5 and hit his 11th and 12th homers Monday against the Rangers.
Gardner homered in consecutive at-bats off Yu Darvish, which is a pretty impressive feat. He's up to 12 homers this year, which is four more than he had ever hit before. Oddly, he has just 13 doubles after hitting 33 last year. Still, it's quite a season that he's having.