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Game No. 21 Preview: Houston Astros at San Diego Padres

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Astros send Dallas Keuchel to the mound, looking to complete back-to-back series sweeps.

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Houston Astros (13-7) at San Diego Padres (11-11), 2:40 p.m. (CST)

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

LHP Dallas Keuchel (2-0, 0.62 ERA, 0.83 WHIP) vs. RHP Andrew Cashner (1-3, 2.63 ERA, 1.38 WHIP)

Preview

The Astros offense didn't skip a beat last night even without shortstop Jed Lowrie heading to surgery. Houston dropped 14 on the Padres on Tuesday night. The Astros have scored 23 runs in total against San Diego. Sure they have struck out 26 times in those two games, but they have hit six home runs as well. The Astros offense appears be reaching it's potential for game-changing power.

The Astros may only need one run tonight with Dallas Keuchel on the mound. The beard is coming off a nine-inning shutout of the Athletics, allowing only two hits in the game. Keuchel hasn't allowed a run in three of last four starts.

SAN DIEGO PADRES CAREER STATISTICS VS. DALLAS KEUCHEL
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Derek Norris"]">Derek Norris 21 6 2 0 0 1 2 4 0.286 0.348 0.381 0.729
Clint Barmes"]">Clint Barmes 7 2 0 0 1 3 0 1 0.286 0.286 0.714 1.000
Abraham Almonte"]">Abraham Almonte 6 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 0.167 0.167 0.333 0.500
Yonder Alonso"]">Yonder Alonso 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.500 0.667 0.500 1.167
Wil Myers"]">Wil Myers 3 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 0.333 0.600 0.333 0.933
Wil Nieves"]">Wil Nieves 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.500 0.500 0.500 1.000
Will Middlebrooks"]">Will Middlebrooks 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Justin Upton"]">Justin Upton 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.000 0.400 0.000 0.400

Padres starter Andrew Cashner has been on par with Keuchel this season but he has lacked the same positive results. Minus his first start of the season, Casner has given up only two earned runs over his last 19 innings. His record after those three games is 1-2. The two games that teams have touched up Cashner, they have done with the long ball. The Conroe native has given up four home runs in four games this season.

HOUSTON ASTROS CAREER STATISTICS VS. ANDREW CASHNER
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Colby Rasmus"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Colby Rasmus 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.500 0.500 0.500 1.000
Jason Castro"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Jason Castro 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.000 0.400 0.000 0.400
Jed Lowrie 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Luis Valbuena"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Luis Valbuena 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.000 0.333 0.000 0.333

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