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Game No. 112 Preview: Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics

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Astros look to bounce back with Collin McHugh on the mound.

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Houston Astros (61-50) at Oakland Athletics (49-62), Aug 8, 2015 3:05 PM CDT

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

RHP Collin McHugh (13-5, 4.27 ERA, 1.32 WHIP) vs. RHP Jesse Chavez (5-11, 3.88 ERA, 1.31 WHIP)

Preview

Welp. There wasn't any question that Friday's game was going to be a pitchers' duel. The only question was whether the Astros would be on the right side of said dual or not. Unfortunately,  Sonny Gray was too strong last night.

Now it's Collin McHugh turn to get the Astros back on the horse. McHugh is coming off arguably his best start of the season -- scattering eight hits and allowing just one run against the Diamondbacks on August 2. The scoreline doesn't necessarily reflect McHugh's effectiveness, but his breaking pitches looked as sharp as they had all season.

McHugh is 2-0 with a 1.26 ERA in two career starts against the A's. This is his first career start in Oakland.

OAKLAND ATHLETICS CAREER STATISTICS VS. COLLIN MCHUGH
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Ike Davis"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Ike Davis 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.667 0.667 1.000 1.667
Billy Butler"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Billy Butler 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.167 0.167 0.167 0.333
Sam Fuld"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Sam Fuld 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.333 0.333 1.000 1.333
Marcus Semien"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Marcus Semien 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.500 0.500 0.500 1.000
Eric Sogard"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Eric Sogard 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.200 0.200 0.200 0.400
Danny Valencia"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Danny Valencia 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.333 0.333 0.667 1.000
Mark Canha"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Mark Canha 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Coco Crisp"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Coco Crisp 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Brett Lawrie"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Brett Lawrie 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Josh Reddick"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Josh Reddick 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Jake Smolinski"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Jake Smolinski 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Stephen Vogt"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Stephen Vogt 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000

Jesse Chavez struggled  in his last start, giving up six earned runs in 3 2/3 innings against the Orioles on Monday. Since the All-Star break, Chavez is 1-2 with a 6.62 ERA in four starts.

HOUSTON ASTROS CAREER STATISTICS VS. JESSE CHAVEZ
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 16 5 2 0 0 1 0 4 0.313 0.313 0.438 0.750
Jason Castro"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Jason Castro 14 4 0 0 1 3 1 5 0.286 0.333 0.500 0.833
Chris Carter"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Chris Carter 13 2 0 0 1 3 3 3 0.154 0.313 0.385 0.697
Hank Conger"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Hank Conger 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.250 0.333 0.250 0.583
Carlos Gomez"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Carlos Gomez 5 2 2 0 0 1 0 1 0.400 0.400 0.800 1.200
Marwin Gonzalez"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Marwin Gonzalez 8 2 0 0 1 2 0 3 0.250 0.250 0.625 0.875
Evan Gattis"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Evan Gattis 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
L.J. Hoes"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">L.J. Hoes 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.200 0.200 0.200 0.400
Jon Singleton"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Jon Singleton 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0.250 0.400 0.500 0.900
George Springer"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">George Springer 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 0.200 0.333 0.200 0.533
Luis Valbuena"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Luis Valbuena 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.250 0.250 0.250 0.500
Jonathan Villar"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Jonathan Villar 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 0.200 0.200 0.400 0.600
Robbie Grossman"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Robbie Grossman 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.000 0.333 0.000 0.333
Colby Rasmus"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Colby Rasmus 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000 0.500 0.000 0.500

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