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Game No. 111 Preview: Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics

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The AL pitching matchup of the year -- Keuchel vs. Gray.

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Houston Astros (61-49) at Oakland Athletics (48-62), Aug 7, 2015 9:05 PM CDT

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

LHP Dallas Keuchel (13-5, 2.35 ERA, 0.99 WHIP) vs. RHP Sonny Gray (11-4, 2.12 ERA, 0.98 WHIP)

Preview

Houston broke it's three game slide with a win in extra innings, highlighted by a Carlos Gomez's over-the-shoulder catch, Carlos Correa's two-run home run, and Jed Lowrie's RBI single in the tenth.

It's a battle of two of the best pitchers in the American League, Dallas Keuchel and Sonny Gray. The A's season may be slowly spinning out of control but games like these make the season worth watching.

Dallas Keuchel has a special season thus far, starting for the American League in the All-Star Game this season. Keuchel is in the top five in ERA (2.35), complete games (3), innings pitched (157), fewest runs allowed (41), wins (13), WAR (4.4), WHIP (0.99), and FIP (2.68). Sonny Gray matches Keuchel stride for stride, also in the top five in ERA (2.12), complete games (2), innings pitched (152.2), fewest runs allowed (36), wins (11), and WHIP (0.98).

Gray has been strong at home, posting a 2.69 ERA in 10 starts. Keuchel is 3-5 on the road and 3.66 ERA in 10 starts on the road this season.

OAKLAND ATHLETICS CAREER STATISTICS VS. DALLAS KEUCHEL
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Coco Crisp"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Coco Crisp 19 7 3 0 0 1 4 1 0.368 0.478 0.526 1.005
Danny Valencia"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Danny Valencia 9 5 2 0 1 3 0 2 0.556 0.556 1.111 1.667
Jake Smolinski"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Jake Smolinski 8 4 0 0 0 1 1 1 0.500 0.556 0.500 1.056
Craig Gentry"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Craig Gentry 23 3 0 0 0 0 1 5 0.130 0.231 0.130 0.361
Sam Fuld"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Sam Fuld 3 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.667 0.667 0.667 1.333
Brett Lawrie"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Brett Lawrie 15 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.133 0.133 0.133 0.267
Marcus Semien"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Marcus Semien 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.250 0.250 0.250 0.500
Eric Sogard"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Eric Sogard 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.286 0.286 0.286 0.571
Billy Butler"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Billy Butler 9 1 0 0 0 0 3 1 0.111 0.333 0.111 0.444
Josh Phegley"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Josh Phegley 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.167 0.167 0.167 0.333
Josh Reddick"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Josh Reddick 15 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 0.067 0.125 0.067 0.192
Billy Burns"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Billy Burns 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Mark Canha"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Mark Canha 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000 0.143 0.000 0.143

HOUSTON ASTROS CAREER STATISTICS VS. SONNY GRAY
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Jose Altuve"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Jose Altuve 14 5 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.357 0.357 0.357 0.714
Jonathan Villar"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Jonathan Villar 12 3 1 0 0 0 0 2 0.250 0.250 0.333 0.583
Chris Carter"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Chris Carter 9 2 0 0 1 4 1 2 0.222 0.273 0.556 0.828
Jason Castro"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Jason Castro 5 2 1 0 0 0 1 2 0.400 0.500 0.600 1.100
Evan Gattis"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Evan Gattis 6 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
Robbie Grossman"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Robbie Grossman 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.500 0.500 0.500 1.000
L.J. Hoes"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">L.J. Hoes 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
Colby Rasmus"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Colby Rasmus 6 2 1 0 0 1 0 2 0.333 0.333 0.500 0.833
George Springer"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">George Springer 4 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0.250 0.500 0.250 0.750
Luis Valbuena"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Luis Valbuena 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.500 0.667 0.500 1.167
Hank Conger"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Hank Conger 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Preston Tucker"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Preston Tucker 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000

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