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Game No. 17 Preview: Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics

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Houston hopes to keep their winning ways going with Feldman on the mound.

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Houston Astros (9-7) at Oakland Athletics (8-10), 3:05 p.m. (CST)

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

RHP Scott Feldman (1-2, 5.09 ERA, 1.25 WHIP)  vs. RHP Kendall Graveman (1-1, 6.94 ERA, 1.97 WHIP)

Preview

These are your 2015 Astros. Houston in the past two seasons (hell the last nine seasons) would have found a way to spoil Kuechel's effort and lose last night's game. Instead the Astros answered the A's two tying runs with another three runs of their own. Sure with a little better infield defense the game would have ended an inning earlier but a win is a win.

The Astros look to build on their win with Scott Feldman on the mound. Feldman struggled in his first outing against the A's this season, giving up 7 earned runs over five innings on April 13. In that game, Brett Lawrie, Marcus Semien, and Billy Butler hit a home run off Feldman. Feldman has given up at least one home run in each of his three starts this season. The Astros right-hander looked sharp in his most recent outing, allowing two runs on six hits over six innings against the Angels.

Feldman had two up and down starts in Oakland in 2014. On July 24 he gave up 6 runs in 5 1/3 innings and September 6 he gave up two earned runs over 8 1/3 innings. The Astros are hoping for the latter.

OAKLAND ATHLETICS CAREER STATISTICS VS. SCOTT FELDMAN
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
35 8 1 0 2 5 3 4 0.229 0.289 0.429 0.718
20 7 0 0 0 3 1 3 0.350 0.333 0.350 0.683
22 6 2 0 3 4 1 3 0.273 0.304 0.773 1.077
16 3 1 0 0 1 2 1 0.188 0.278 0.25 0.528
3 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.667 0.667 1.000 1.667
Marcus Semien 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 1.000 1.00 2.500 3.500
12 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 0.167 0.286 0.250 0.536
12 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.167 0.167 0.167 0.333
5 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.200 0.333 0.200 0.533
6 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.167 0.167 0.167 0.333
Brett Lawrie 7 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0.143 0.143 0.571 0.714
3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000

Like many young pitcher before him the Astros made Kendall Graveman look like Cy Young in his first appearance against Astros. He held the Astros scoreless through 5 1/3 innings to record his first major league win on April 14. In his two other start in 2015, he hasn't been able to get through the fifth inning.

HOUSTON ASTROS CAREER STATISTICS VS. KENDALL GRAVEMAN
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.500 0.667 0.500 1.167
2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.500 0.667 0.500 1.167
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000 0.500 0.000 0.500
2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000 0.333 0.000 0.333

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