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Game No. 125 Preview: Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

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Astros go for the surprising sweep against the Dodgers.

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Houston Astros (68-56) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (67-55) August 23, 2015 1:10 PM CDT

TV: Root Sports SW, MLB.TV
Radio: KBME 790 AM, KLAT 1010 AM
Dodgers SB Nation Blog: True Blue LA

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Lance McCullers (5-4, 3.17 ERA, 1.21 WHIP) vs. LHP Clayton Kershaw (10-6, 2.34 ERA, 0.92 WHIP)

Preview:

What is this madness? Astros get a no-hitter and beat the best pitcher in baseball in 2015 in back-to-back nights. Baseball is weird. Now the Astros turn to rookie Lance McCullers to beat three-time (2011, 2013, 2014) Cy-Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw.

McCullers returns to the rotation after spending two weeks in Corpus Christi to rest his arm. McCullers has been lights out in May (2.40 ERA), June (2.11 ERA), and July (3.13) before imploding in his one start in August. The Astros rookie is 4-0 with a 1.50 ERA in seven starts at Minute Maid Park. McCullers allowed one unearned runs against the Arkansas Travelers on Aug.18.

Kershaw is 4-0 with 0.98 ERA in six starts since the All-Star break. He is 3-2 with 2.60 ERA in seven career starts against Houston, and he is 1-1 with a 3.91 ERA in four starts in Houston.

HOUSTON ASTROS CAREER STATISTICS VS. CLAYTON KERSHAW
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Carlos Gomez"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Carlos Gomez 20 6 2 0 1 4 1 3 0.300 0.364 0.550 0.914
Jose Altuve"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Jose Altuve 11 3 3 0 0 0 0 3 0.273 0.273 0.545 0.818
Jed Lowrie"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Jed Lowrie 6 2 1 0 0 0 1 2 0.333 0.429 0.500 0.929
Evan Gattis"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Evan Gattis 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.250 0.250 0.250 0.500
Colby Rasmus"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Colby Rasmus 6 1 1 0 0 0 2 3 0.167 0.375 0.333 0.708
Jake Marisnick"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Jake Marisnick 1 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 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0.000 0.667 0.000 0.667

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