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

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It's win or go home time.

Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros (86-76) vs. Kansas City Royals (95-67), October 14, 2015 7:07 PM CDT

The series is tied: 2-2

TV: FS1
Online: MLB.com (subscription required; $4.99 for all postseason minus World Series), Fox Sports Go app
Radio: Houston, TX [Flagship] 790 AM KBME, Spanish 1010 AM KLAT, ESPN radio 97.5
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Pitching Matchup:

RHP Collin McHugh (19-7, 3.89 ERA, 1.28 WHIP) vs. RHP Johnny Cueto (11-13, 3.44 ERA, 1.13 WHIP)

For a detailed breakdown of the pitching available to both teams in this game,view pmattern77's excellent article here.

Preview:

This is it. One team is leaving with a series victory and the other will be left wondering what could have been as they head into Spring Training. Can the Astros shake off their game four collapse? Can the Royals complete their comeback?

The man standing in the way of the Royals is Brett Strom's greatest creation Collin McHugh -- winner of 30 games over the past two seasons. McHugh looked like he had a ice water in his veins in game one, allowing just two solo home runs in game one over six innings. He is 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA in 13 innings vs. the Royals in his career.

KANSAS CITY ROYALS CAREER STATISTICS VS. COLLIN MCHUGH
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
5 2 1 1 0 2 1 0 0.400 0.500 1.000 1.500
3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000

Johnny Cueto takes the hill for the Royals. After stumbling in Game 5, Cueto retired 12 of the final 14 batters he faced. The right-hander pitched six innings, giving up seven hits and four runs. The Royals won, 5-4. Cueto is 3-6 with a 3.64 ERA in 13 career starts against the Astros.

HOUSTON ASTROS CAREER STATISTICS VS. JOHNNY CUETO
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
27 9 3 0 1 5 3 6 0.333 0.400 0.556 0.956
12 4 1 0 2 2 0 4 0.333 0.333 0.917 1.250
19 4 2 0 0 2 3 2 0.211 0.318 0.316 0.634
6 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.167 0.167 0.167 0.333
2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.500 0.500 1.000 1.500
2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.500 0.500 0.500 1.000
3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000