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Game Preview No. 10: Houston Astros vs. Kansas City Royals

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Houston Astros (3-6) vs. Kansas City Royals (6-2), Apr 14, 2016, 7:10 PM CDTTV: ROOT SPORTS Southwest

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

Pitching Matchup

RHP Doug Fister (1-0, 5.40 ERA, 1.40 WHIP) vs. RHP Ian Kennedy (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.90 WHIP)

Preview

Runs have been hard to come by for the Astros the last two games, but the strikeouts have been bountiful. It's not a good  mix for he Astros' success. At the same time, this is what this time is. At times, Crush City will produce countless home runs but it will also produce piles of strikeouts.

The Astros will need a strong outing from Doug Fister, who lasted just five innings in Milwaukee against the Brewers -- allowing three runs on five hits and two walks. He only threw 86 pitches in that game.

Current Royals are batting .311 (68x219) with a .370 BABIP, 3.100 K%, and 4.00 BB%.

KANSAS CITY ROYALS CAREER STATISTICS VS. DOUG FISTER
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Alcides Escobar 33 10 1 0 1 3 1 6 0.303 0.324 0.424 0.748
Mike Moustakas 25 9 1 0 1 2 0 7 0.360 0.360 0.520 0.880
Alex Gordon 33 8 3 0 0 3 1 8 0.242 0.265 0.333 0.598
Eric Hosmer 23 8 0 1 1 4 3 3 0.348 0.423 0.565 0.988
Salvador Perez 24 6 1 1 0 3 1 3 0.250 0.308 0.375 0.683
Jarrod Dyson 14 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 0.286 0.286 0.429 0.714
Kendrys Morales 16 4 2 0 1 2 0 3 0.250 0.250 0.563 0.813
Lorenzo Cain 12 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.250 0.250 0.250 0.500
Drew Butera 5 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.400 0.400 0.600 1.000
Omar Infante 4 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 0.500 0.500 1.000 1.500
Tony Cruz 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.500 0.667 0.500 1.167


Ian Kennedy was an under the radar pickup for the Royals. Kennedy solidifies a rotation that is only missing one piece and won a World Series last season.

Ian Kennedy hopes to repeat his first start of the season, pitching 6 2/3 scoreless innings against the Twins.

Current Astros are batting .220 (9x41) against Kennedy with a .250 BABIP, 3.745 FIP, 17.78 K%, and 7.00 BB%.

HOUSTON ASTROS CAREER STATISTICS VS. IAN KENNEDY
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Jose Altuve 2 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.333 0 0.333
Jason Castro 3 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
Evan Gattis 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Carlos Gomez 9 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
Colby Rasmus 6 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0.333 0.333 0.5 0.833
Luis Valbuena 16 0 1 0 1 3 2 5 0.125 0.222 0.375 0.597