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Game Preview No. 19: Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox

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Astros go for a series with against the Boston Red Sox on national T.V.

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Houston Astros (6-12) vs. Boston Red Sox (8-9), Apr 24, 2016, 7:05 PM CT

TV: ESPN
Online: MLB.TV, WATCH ESPN
Radio: KBME 790, La Nueva 94.1 FM (En Español) 
Red Sox SB Nation Blog: Over the Monster

Pitching Matchup

RHP Scott Feldman (0-2, 4.11 ERA, 1.63 WHIP) vs. LHP Henry Owens (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP, 0 GS)

Preview

My, oh, my. How one game can change the outlook of a series? The Houston Astros rode a grand slam from Colby Rasmus and a solid outing from Mike Fiers to an 8-3 victory on Saturday over the Boston Red Sox. The Astros are now set up for a series win over Boston on national T.V. on ESPN's Sunday night baseball.

Scott Feldman is easily the least sexy pitcher the Astros could have run out for Sunday Night Baseball, but that is how the schedule has played out. Feldman has been a workhorse for the Astros since signing with the team in the offseason two years ago.

Feldman has been up and down to start the 2016 season. In his first and third starts, he gave up eight runs (seven earned) without getting into the sixth inning in either start. His best start came in game two against the Kansas City Royals, Feldman gave up zero earned runs over six 1/3 innings.

Feldman missed the two series against the Red Sox in 2015. In his career, Feldman is 1-4 with a 7.24 ERA in seven starts (13 appearances) with a 1.783 WHIP.

Current Red Sox players are batting .333 (24/72) with a .313 BABIP, 6.865 FIP, 5.13 K%, and 6.00 BB%.

BOSTON RED SOX CAREER STATISTICS VS. SCOTT FELDMAN
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Dustin Pedroia 23 10 1 0 1 3 0 1 0.435 0.435 0.609 1.043
David Ortiz 18 5 0 0 2 8 3 1 0.278 0.381 0.611 0.992
Christian Vazquez 5 4 2 0 0 3 0 0 0.800 0.800 1.200 2.000
Brock Holt 6 3 2 1 0 1 0 0 0.500 0.500 1.167 1.667
Jackie Bradley Jr. 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.400 0.400 0.400 0.800
Pablo Sandoval 9 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 0.222 0.222 0.333 0.556
Ryan Hanigan 4 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 0.250 0.250 1.000 1.250
Xander Bogaerts 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.000 0.200 0.000 0.200
Chris Young 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000

Henry Owens gets the start for the Red Sox in place of Joe Kelly. Owens, 23, was a first-round pick by the Red Sox in the 2011 draft. Owens has yet to nail down a job with the major league team as a highly-toted prospect. With Triple-A Pawtucket's, Owens is 1-1 with a 1.00 ERA in three starts in 2016. He had a 2.30 strikeout-to-walk rate in those three starts. His career minor league strikeout-to-walk rate is 2.48.

In 2015, he made 11 starts for the Red Sox. Owens posted a 4-4 record with a 4.57 ERA. Major League left-handed batters have hit .293 (12x41) with three extra bases hits against the lefty.

Astros hitters will be seeing Owens for the first time on Sunday.