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Game Preview No. 161: Houston Astros at Arizona Diamondbacks

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Can this be the one that clinches the playoffs for the Astros?

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros (85-75) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (78-82), October TV:Root Sports SW, MLB.TV

Radio: KBME 790 AM, KLAT 1010 AM
Diamondbacks SB Nation Blog: AZ Snake Pit

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Collin McHugh (18-7, 3.98 ERA, 1.29 WHIP) vs. RHP Jeremy Hellickson (9-11, 4.60 ERA, 1.33 WHIP)

Preview:

The Playoffs are calling. The Astros appear ready to answer after scoring a franchise-record 21 runs on Friday. Carlos Correa set the franchise-record for rookie home runs with 22 and Dallas Keuchel became the eighth pitcher to reach 20 wins in franchise-history. A lot of records in one night.

The Twins have been eliminated after losing their second game to the Royals this weekend. If the Angels loose on Saturday, the Astros could clinch a playoff spot tonight.  A division-deciding game with the Rangers sounds great, but knowing the team is in the playoffs is a bit better.

Collin McHugh takes the mound in this all-important game.McHugh pitched seven innings against the Diamondbacks on Aug. 2, skinning out six and walking one -- Astros won 4-1.

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS CAREER STATISTICS VS. COLLIN MCHUGH
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.667 0.667 0.667 1.333
4 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.500 0.500 0.750 1.250
3 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.667 0.667 1.000 1.667
3 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.333 0.333 0.667 1.000
3 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.333 0.333 0.667 1.000
3 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
6 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000

Jeremy Hellickson allowed just one run on four hits over six innings in San Diego in his last start. In his career, Jeremy Hellickson is 0-1 with a 16.20 ERA in one starts against the Astros.

HOUSTON ASTROS CAREER STATISTICS VS. JEREMY HELLICKSON
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
25 4 2 0 1 2 4 7 0.160 0.300 0.360 0.660
5 2 0 0 2 5 0 0 0.400 0.400 1.600 2.000
6 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.333 0.333 0.500 0.833
12 2 1 0 0 2 0 1 0.167 0.167 0.250 0.417
3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
3 1 0 0 1 3 1 1 0.333 0.500 1.333 1.833
Carlos Correa 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0.500 0.500 2.000 2.500
1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.000 1.000 2.000 3.000
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000