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ALDS Game Three Preview: Houston Astros vs. Kansas City Royals

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The Royals get a taste of Minute Maid Park.

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Houston Astros (86-76) vs. Kansas City Royals (95-67), October 11, 2015 3:10 PM CDT

Series tied 1-1

TV: MLB Network
Online: MLB.com (subscription required; $4.99 for all postseason minus World Series)
Radio: Houston, TX [Flagship] 790 AM KBME, Spanish 1010 AM KLAT, ESPN radio 97.5
Royals SB Nation Blog: Royals Review

Pitching Matchup:

LHP Dallas Keuchel (20-8, 2.48 ERA, 1.02 WHIP) vs. RHP Edinson Volquez (13-9, 3.55 ERA, 1.31 WHIP)

For a detailed breakdown of the pitching available to both teams in this game,view Perry Mattern's excellent article here.

Preview:

The Astros are tied for the best home record in the American League, 53-28. Good for the Astros have two of the next three games in Space City. On top of that, Dallas Keuchel makes his first appearance in this series, and he is 15-0 at home this season in 18 starts.

If the Astros do their job, they'll be in the catbird seat for this series. Keuchel is 15-0 with a 1.46 ERA in 18 starts at Minute Maid Park in 2015. Keuchel was 2-2 with a 3.71 ERA in 26 2/3 innings in September.  He is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in two starts against Kansas City this season -- allowing five runs over 14 2/3 innings.

KANSAS CITY ROYALS CAREER STATISTICS VS. DALLAS KEUCHEL
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Alex Rios"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Alex Rios 26 10 4 0 0 4 1 4 0.385 0.407 0.538 0.946
Kendrys Morales"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Kendrys Morales 16 6 1 0 0 1 1 3 0.375 0.412 0.438 0.849
Lorenzo Cain"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Lorenzo Cain 12 5 2 0 1 2 1 1 0.417 0.462 0.833 1.295
Alcides Escobar"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Alcides Escobar 14 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.286 0.286 0.286 0.571
Eric Hosmer"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Eric Hosmer 6 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.667 0.667 0.667 1.333
Drew Butera"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Drew Butera 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
Ben Zobrist"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Ben Zobrist 11 2 2 0 0 0 3 0 0.182 0.357 0.364 0.721
Alex Gordon"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Alex Gordon 7 1 0 0 0 0 3 4 0.143 0.400 0.143 0.543
Salvador Perez"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Salvador Perez 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.083 0.083 0.083 0.167
Mike Moustakas"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Mike Moustakas 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Paulo Orlando"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Paulo Orlando 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000

Edinson Volquez allowed 19 runs over his last 33 innings as a starting pitcher. He pitched two scoreless innings out of the bullpen in October. Volquez allowed five runs over five innings in his one start against the Astros this season. He is 3-0 with a 3.45 ERA in five career starts at Minute Maid Park.

HOUSTON ASTROS CAREER STATISTICS VS. EDINSON VOLQUEZ
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Carlos Gomez"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Carlos Gomez 31 9 0 0 3 3 0 6 0.290 0.290 0.581 0.871
Colby Rasmus"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Colby Rasmus 14 5 3 0 1 6 0 4 0.357 0.357 0.786 1.143
Jose Altuve"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Jose Altuve 7 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.429 0.429 0.429 0.857
Luis Valbuena"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Luis Valbuena 10 3 1 0 1 2 2 3 0.300 0.417 0.700 1.117
Chris Carter"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Chris Carter 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0.333 0.333 1.333 1.667
Jason Castro"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Jason Castro 3 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.333 0.500 0.333 0.833
Evan Gattis"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Evan Gattis 8 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 0.125 0.125 0.125 0.250
Marwin Gonzalez"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Marwin Gonzalez 5 1 0 0 1 1 1 2 0.200 0.333 0.800 1.133
George Springer"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">George Springer 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.500 0.667 0.500 1.167
Preston Tucker"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Preston Tucker 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000