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Game 112 Preview: Houston Astros vs.Toronto Blue Jays

Houston is primed to take three of four from the Blue Jays.

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros (46-65) vs.Toronto Blue Jays (60-52), 1:10 p.m. (CST)

TV: CSN Houston, MLB.TV 
Radio: KBME 790 AM, KLAT 1010 AM
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Pitching matchup

RHP Scott Feldman (4-8, 4.39 ERA, 1.42 WHIP) vs. RHP Marcus Stroman (7-2, 3.03 ERA, 1.10 WHIP)


The Astros have outscored the Blue Jays 11-3 in their last two games. Sure, eight of those runs came on Saturday, but both are still wins. Houston sends out their veteran in game four of their series with the Blue Jays. Scott Feldman makes his twenty start this season. In the month of July, Feldman posted a record of 0-3 over five games with an ERA of 5.58. But, Feldman returned to his earlier form in 2014 in his last start - holding the A's to one run over seven innings on July 29.

Feldman has keep the current active roster for the Blue Jays in check for the most part in their previous at-bats, expect for three guys - Jose Bautista, Adam Lind, and Jose Reyes. Bautista is 5-for-13 with three extra-base hits against Feldman in his career. Lind is 7-for-20 against Feldman with three home runs. Reyes is 4-for-7.

One of the Jay's top prospects Marcus Stroman made his major league debut in May 2014 - he hasn't disappointed thus far. He has allowed one earned run over his last 21 innings (three starts). Stroman has a 2.18 ERA over his appearances in the months of June and July. Stroman sports a fastball in the mid 90s with good movement, and gets batters out with a plus slider and cutter.

Stroman will have to deal with some streaking Astros hitters. Jon Singleton is batting .300 with four home runs, seven RBIs, and five walks in his last seven games. Jason Castro is over .300 as well and showing he can turn on pitches inside on his hands once again. Jose Altuve is being Jose Altuve, batting .366 in his last ten games with four stolen bases. Watch out Major League Baseball, Chris Carter may have figure things out. Carter is batting .289 (24-83) with 14 extra-base hits and 19 RBIs in the month of July.