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Game 161 Preview: Houston Astros vs New York Mets

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One more time into the fray.

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Houston Astros (70-90) at New York Mets (77-83), 6:10 p.m. (CST)

TV: CSN Houston, MLB.TV
Radio: KBME 790 AM, KLAT 1010 AM
Mets SBNation BlogAmazin' Avenue

Pitching matchup

RHP Samuel Deduno (2-6, 4.66 ERA, 1.45 WHIP) vs. RHP Rafael Montero (1-3, 4.38 ERA, 1.51 WHIP)

Preview

What is there left to do as an Astros fan in 2014? It's simple. Watch Jose Altuve win the 2014 American League batting title. Jose Altuve has said he wants to win the crown in the field rather than on the bench. Of course Altuve wants to play, he is very bit of the ideal hardworker and child at heart you want in a ball player. Altuve currently sits at .342 (223-652), six points ahead of the Tigers' designated hitter Victor Martinez at .336 (187-556).

Altuve faces Rafael Montero, who is making his first career start against the Astros today. Montero has bounced from the rotation and pen since August. At Citi Field he has a 1-3 record with a 3.86 ERA.

On the mound for the Astros is Samuel Deduno, Houston picked up Deduno off waivers from Minnesota in August. He has made four appearances as a reliever for the Astros, allowing three earned runs over 4 2/3 innings. This is Deduno's first start since June 14 against Detroit.