It’s the opening game of a brief interleague series on the diamond in the Gateway City. The Oakland A’s are on the road for the first game of a two-game set with the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday night. Oakland split a four-game series at home against Tampa Bay as they lost 8-2 in the finale Sunday afternoon. St. Louis dropped the finale of their three-game set with the Angels, losing 6-4 to miss a chance at a sweep Sunday night. The A’s took two of three in the last series between the teams, which took place in St. Louis August 26-28, 2016.
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Oakland ended up with a split in their four-game set with the Rays as they were whipped in the finale Sunday afternoon. The A’s entered Monday third in the AL West, eight games behind the Astros in the division. Chad Pinder (run) had three of Oakland’s six hits in the contest: Marcus Semien drove in one run while the other run was plated thanks to a throwing error on an infield single. Brett Anderson (7-5) took the loss on the mound as he was roughed up: he allowed seven runs on nine hits with two walks and no strikeouts over three innings.
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Chris Bassitt takes the mound for his 12th start of the year for the A’s in this contest. He comes in 4-3 with a 3.64 ERA, a 1.166 WHIP, 27 walks and 63 strikeouts over 64.1 innings of work this season. Bassitt picked up the win in his last outing, which came at home against Baltimore Wednesday night. He threw six innings, allowing two runs on two hits with three walks and six strikeouts in a game the A’s won by an 8-3 score. Bassitt is 1-2 with a 4.24 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP, nine walks and 15 strikeouts over 17 innings in his last three starts. He makes his first career start against the Cardinals in this, his 52nd career appearance and 42nd major league start. As a result, this marks Bassitt’s first career pitching performance at Busch Stadium in this contest.