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Game No. 61 Preview: Houston Astros at Chicago White Sox

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One more time with gusto and Vincent Velasquez.

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Houston Astros (34-26) at Chicago White Sox (27-30), June 10, 2015 7:10 PM CDT

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

RHP Vincent Velasquez (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP) vs. LHP Jose Quintana (2-6, 4.28 ERA, 1.38 WHIP)

Preview

Maybe the curse of Tal's Hill is real? Six straight losses since the announcement to remove the hill. Not even Carlos Correa could end the streak, try as he might. He has RBIs in both games since being called up, including a two-run home run last night.

Now it's Velasquez Day! The rookie gets his chance to break the Astros out of their slide. MLB.com currently ranks him as the Astros fourth-best prospect in the system before the draft. He's only 23 years old. Velasquez hasn't pitched above Double A, but has a 1.37 ERA in five starts (26.1 innings) with 37 strikeouts.

Velasquez faces Jose Quintana, who has four quality starts in his last five outings. The left hander has allowed only one home run in his last eight starts. The Astros made the White Sox's game Quintana look like Cy Young - giving up just one run over 6 1/3 innings a week ago.

HOUSTON ASTROS CAREER STATISTICS VS. JOSE QUINTANA
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Jason Castro"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Jason Castro 14 4 2 0 0 3 2 3 0.286 0.375 0.429 0.804
Jose Altuve"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Jose Altuve 16 3 0 0 0 0 0 7 0.188 0.188 0.188 0.375
Evan Gattis"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Evan Gattis 6 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.500 0.500 0.500 1.000
Jed Lowrie"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Jed Lowrie 7 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.429 0.500 0.571 1.071
Jonathan Villar"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Jonathan Villar 6 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 0.500 0.500 0.500 1.000
Robbie Grossman"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Robbie Grossman 6 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
Preston Tucker"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Preston Tucker 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.667 0.667 0.667 1.333
Chris Carter"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Chris Carter 9 1 1 0 0 0 3 5 0.111 0.333 0.222 0.556
Marwin Gonzalez"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Marwin Gonzalez 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
L.J. Hoes"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">L.J. Hoes 8 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 0.125 0.125 0.250 0.375
Colby Rasmus"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Colby Rasmus 8 1 0 0 0 1 0 5 0.125 0.125 0.125 0.250
Jon Singleton"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Jon Singleton 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.500 0.500 0.500 1.000
Jake Marisnick"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Jake Marisnick 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000 0.500 0.000 0.500
George Springer"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">George Springer 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 1 0.000 0.500 0.000 0.500

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