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Game No. 38 Preview: Houston Astros at the Boston Red Sox

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Houston Astros (14-22) vs. Boston Red Sox (22-13), May 14, 2016, 12:05 PM CDT

TV: ROOT SPORTS Southwest, FS1
Online: MLB.TV, Fox Sports Go
Radio: KBME 790, La Nueva 94.1 FM (En Español) 
Red Sox SB Nation Blog: Over the Monster

Pitching Matchup

RHP Collin McHugh (4-3, 5.50 ERA, 1.63 WHIP) vs. RHP Clay Buchholz (2-3, 5.90 ERA, 1.44 WHIP)

Preview

In Springer We Trust. The New England native and UConn product sparked the Astros to a win in Lance McCullers return. Not it's Collin McHugh's turn to try and stop the Red Sox offense.

Collin McHugh wasn't missing bats to start the season. At one point he allowed 28 hits over three starts. But, he has allowed just seven runs over his last 17 2/3 innings. In his one start against Boston this season, he allowed five runs over four innings.

Current Red Sox are batting .338 (22x65) against McHugh with a .393 BABIP, 3.63 FIP, 15.4 K%, and 12.8 BB%.

BOSTON RED SOX CAREER STATISTICS VS. COLLIN MCHUGH
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Xander Bogaerts 11 5 2 0 0 4 1 3 0.455 0.500 0.636 1.136
Mookie Betts 5 4 2 1 0 3 1 0 0.800 0.714 1.600 2.314
Brock Holt 10 4 0 0 0 1 2 2 0.400 0.500 0.400 0.900
Jackie Bradley Jr. 4 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.750 0.800 1.000 1.800
Dustin Pedroia 7 2 1 0 0 2 0 2 0.286 0.286 0.429 0.714
Hanley Ramirez 6 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 0.333 0.375 0.333 0.708
Travis Shaw 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.500 0.500 0.500 1.000
Blake Swihart 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
Chris Young 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.167 0.167 0.167 0.333
Ryan Hanigan 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.000 0.200 0.000 0.200
David Ortiz 9 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0.000 0.250 0.000 0.250
Pablo Sandoval 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000

Clay Buchholz has always been an up and down pitcher, and it was personified in Houston. Buchholz was rolling along before Colby Rasmus hit a grand slam against the righty -- leading to a Red Sox's 8-3 loss.

In May, Buchholtz has allowed six runs over 12 innings. He is 1-2 with a 5.48 ERA in four home starts this season.

Current Astros are batting .200 (23x115) with a .247 BABIP, 2.87 FIP, 25.8 K%, and 4.0 BB%.

HOUSTON ASTROS CAREER STATISTICS VS. CLAY BUCHHOLZ
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Colby Rasmus 27 4 0 0 1 6 3 9 0.148 0.258 0.259 0.517
Luis Valbuena 13 4 2 0 1 2 1 1 0.308 0.357 0.692 1.049
Jose Altuve 19 3 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.158 0.158 0.158 0.316
Jason Castro 10 3 0 0 0 2 1 3 0.300 0.364 0.300 0.664
Marwin Gonzalez 12 3 1 0 0 0 0 4 0.250 0.250 0.333 0.583
Carlos Gomez 9 2 0 0 1 1 0 3 0.222 0.222 0.556 0.778
George Springer 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
Carlos Correa 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.167 0.286 0.167 0.452
Evan Gattis 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.250 0.250 0.250 0.500
Jake Marisnick 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
Jon Singleton 8 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0.000 0.111 0.000 0.111
Preston Tucker 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000