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Game Preview No. 9: Houston Astros vs. Kansas City Royals

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Preston Tucker is back in the lineup as the Astros look to bounce back in Game Three against the defending World Champs.

Preston Tucker is back in the lineup for your Houston Astros
Preston Tucker is back in the lineup for your Houston Astros
Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros (3-5) vs. Kansas City Royals (5-2), Apr 13, 2016, 7:10 PM CDT

TV:

ROOT SPORTS Southwest ALTERNATE CHANNEL, MLB Network (Out of Market Only)

Online: MLB.TV
Radio: KBME 790, La Nueva 94.1 FM (En Español)
Royals SB Nation Blog: Royals Review

Pitching Matchup

RHP Scott Feldman (0-1, 9.00 ERA, 1.31 WHIP) vs. RHP Yordano Ventura (0-0, 3.60 ERA, 1.30 WHIP)

Preview

The Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals squared off for the second time this season last night in Minute Maid Park, and all five runs in the game came in the first inning.  Scott Feldman will get the ball for the Astros and look to avoid a similar outcome tonight and get back on track after a forgettable first start (a loss) in Milwaukee that saw the big right-handed veteran last just four innings, allowing four runs on just five hits (including two home runs) with three walks.

Preston Tucker rejoins the lineup as the designated hitter, and Carlos Gomez has been dropped from the fifth spot in the order to the seventh.

Yordano Ventura had a rough 2016 debut of his own, but held Houston batters to a .222/.250/.370 slash line in 2015 while allowing just one run.  The Astros will likely be hoping to jump on his blistering fastball early in the count to avoid his excellent breaking pitches.

Astros hitters' numbers (last five years) against Ventura:

Player Name AVG AB HR RBI
Jose Altuve .143 7 0 0
Jason Castro .500 8 0 1
Carlos Correa .500 2 0 0
Evan Gattis .333 3 0 0
Marwin Gonzalez .400 5 0 0
Jake Marisnick .333 3 0 0
Colby Rasmus .200 5 0 1
George Springer 1.000 1 0 2
Preston Tucker .000 3 0 0
Luis Valbuena .000 3 0 0

Royals hitters' numbers (last five years) against Feldman:

Player Name
AVG
AB
HR
RBI
Drew Butera .400 5 0 0
Lorenzo Cain .538 13 0 1
Alcides Escobar .211 19 0 5
Alex Gordon .353 17 0 2
Eric Hosmer .111 18 0 1
Omar Infante .091 11 0 0
Kendrys Morales .167 6 0 0
Mike Moustakas .176 17 0 1
Paulo Orlando .333 3 0 0
Salvador Perez .176 17 0 3

Starting Lineups

Royals:


Astros: