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Game Preview No. 6: Houston Astros at Milwaukee Brewers

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The beard makes his second start of the 2016 season.

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Houston Astros (2-3) at Milwaukee Brewers(2-3), Apr 10, 2016, 1:10 PM CDT

TV: ROOT SPORTS Southwest
Online: MLB.TV
Radio: KBME 790, La Nueva 94.1 FM (En Español) 
Brewers SB Nation Blog: Brew Crew Ball

Pitching Matchup:

LHP Dallas Keuchel (1-0, 2.57 ERA, 1.00 WHIP) vs. RHP Jimmy Nelson (0-1, 2.45 ERA, 0.28 WHIP)

Preview:

The Houston Astros got back into the win column for the first time in three games on Saturday. Houston now turns to their ace Dallas Keuchel before heading home for Opening Day on Monday.

Keuchel made the Opening Day start in New York on Tuesday. He battled through the cold, allowing two runs over seven innings. He walked four batters in the game, something he only did one time in 2015. Keuchel showed a lack of command in the early part of his first start. That issues could possibly easily explained away with the windy New York weather, but Sunday's start will be a good barometer for that.

Current Brewers are batting .333 (6x18) with a .462 BABIP, .426 FIP, 20.82 K%, and 21.00 BB% against Keuchel. Ryan Braun is 3-for-6 in his career against Keuchel, and Aaron Hill is 5-for-14 with a home run.

MILWAUKEE BREWERS CAREER STATISTICS VS. DALLAS KEUCHEL
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Ryan Braun 6 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 0.500 0.625 0.500 1.125
Aaron Hill 14 5 1 0 1 3 1 2 0.357 0.400 0.643 1.043
Jonathan Lucroy 3 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.667 0.500 1.000 1.500
Martin Maldonado 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.000 1.000 0.000 1.000

Brewers' Jimmy Nelson faces the Astros for the second time in 2016. Nelson got a final exhibition tuneup against the Astros in Houston. Nelson shut out the Astros for 5 1/3 innings on March 31.

HOUSTON ASTROS CAREER STATISTICS VS. JIMMY NELSON
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Colby Rasmus 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.333 0 0.333
Luis Valbuena 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0.5 0 0.5