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Game 124 Preview: Houston Astros at Boston Red Sox

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Matty D out of the lineup for the first time since April as the Astros take on the Red Sox.

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Houston Astros (51-72) at Boston Red Sox (55-66), 6:10 p.m. (CST)

TV: CSN Houston, MLB.TV
Radio: KBME 790 AM, KLAT 1010 AM
Red Sox SBNation BlogOver the Monster

Pitching matchup

RHP Brad Peacock (3-8, 5.25 ERA, 1.62 WHIP) vs. RHP Rubby De La Rosa (4-4, 3.21 ERA, 1.29 WHIP)

Preview

Yesterday was a successful day for the Astros, come back to tie the game twice and win in the tenth inning. It was the Astros' fifty-first win of the season to match the total number of wins from last season, with a little over a month to go in the season. It was also the first win for the Astros in Fenway park in nine tries. The icing on the cake, the Astros continued the birthday jinx of Ben Affleck, famous Red Sox fan. The Red Sox haven't won his birthday in fifteen years.

That's enough celebrity talk, you guys came here to talk about Brad Peacock didn't you? Right? Anybody? Why is the bullpen already warming up? He doesn't start for a hours. Well I guess they've looked a Peacock's recent starts. Peacock hasn't had start go past the sixth inning since June. During that stretch, Peacock has just one in six starts. His last start on August 11 lasted just five innings virus the Twins - allowing two runs on seven hits.

The last time Peacock faced the Red Sox he was pulled before he retired a second batter. It was the last start before the All-Star game and Peacock wasn't showing any signs of command.

Looking at the Red Sox hitters, Yoenis Cespedes is 3-for-9 with two home run against Peacock. David Ortiz is 2-for-2 with a double; Dustin Pedroia is 2-for-3 against Peacock.

Rubby De La Rosa starts opposite Peacock, he his making his twelfth start of the season. De La Rosa has a 1.97 ERA in 32 innings at Fenway park. De La Rosa seem destined for the bullpen with his Tommy-John surgery and 2013 campaign, but he has thrived in the rotation

Dexter Fowler is 1-for-3 against tonight's starter with a walk.