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Game No. 9 Preview: Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics

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Astros hope to avoid a sweep at the hands of the A's.

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Houston Astros (3-5) vs. Oakland Athletics (5-4), 7:10 p.m. (CST)

TV: Roots Sports SW, MLB.TV
Radio: KBME 790 AM, KLAT 1010 AM
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Pitching matchup

RHP Collin McHugh (1-0, 1.50 ERA, 1.17 WHIP) vs. LHP Drew Pomeranz (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.29 WHIP)

Preview

Still miss baseball? Ready to gouge your eyeballs out? The Astros have been outscored 30-17 through it's first eight game, and has been held to one run or less in half of their games. Houston leads the league in strikeouts (79) and are tied the lowest batting average in the league (.197).

Tonight doesn't seem like the night to turn that around, Drew Pomeranz looked dominate in his first start. He shutout the Mariners for seven innings on April 10, holding them two hits and striking out six. Pomeranz missed much of 2014 after breaking his non-pitching hand by punching a chair after a poor start. He returned to the A's rotation on August 27 against the Astros allowing just one unearned run - 5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 7 SO. Including that start, Pomeranz hasn't given up an earned run in his last 20.1 innings dating back to 2014. Now the Astros hitters' stats against Pomeranz:

BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.25
4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.25
3 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.333
1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

Collin McHugh looks to stop the bleeding and build on his solid first start in 2015. McHugh held the Rangers to one run over six innings, striking out four and walking two. Doctor McHugh's curveball looked particularly devastating in Arlington.  In his lone career start against Oakland, McHugh gave up one run through 8.2 innings on April 27, 2014. Now the A's history against McHugh:

BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
5 2 1 1 0 2 1 0 0.4
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

The Astros will have a off day on Thursday and start a weekend series with the Angels on Friday.

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