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Game No. 48 Preview: Houston Astros vs. Baltimore Orioles

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What, the Astros can sweep a series?

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros (19-28) vs. Baltimore Orioles (26-18), May 26, 2016 7:10 PM CDT

TV: Root Sports Southwest
Online: MLB.TV
Radio: KBME SportsTalk 790 AM, La Nueva 94.1 FM (En Español) 
Baltimore Orioles SB Nation Blog: Camden Chat

Pitching Matchup

RHP Lance McCullers (0-1, 5.91 ERA, 1.69 ERA)  vs. RHP Kevin Gausman (0-1, 2.70 ERA, 1.12 WHIP)

Preview

The Houston Astros can sweep a series. That is not a misprint. After a dismal weekend series against the Texas Rangers. The Astros have bounced back to take the first two games of the series against the Orioles. The Orioles have struck out 37 times over 92 plate appearances in the last two games -- 40 percent that generally leads to wins for the other team.

It also helps that the Astros bullpen has pitched 11 scoreless innings through two games.

But Lance McCullers must be saying to the O's: You have seen our final form. Lance McCullers may have the most electric stuff among the Astros current pitching staff.

Lance McCullers bounded back from a rough first start of 2016 with six solid innings against the Rangers -- allowing two runs on five hits.

Current O's are batting .211 (4x19) against McCullers with a .364 BABIP, 0.60 FIP, 40 K%, and a 5.0 BB%.

BALTIMORE ORIOLES CAREER STATISTICS VS. LANCE MCCULLERS
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Chris Davis 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Ryan Flaherty 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Adam Jones 4 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 0.500 0.500 1.000 1.500
Manny Machado 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Mark Trumbo 4 2 0 0 0 3 1 1 0.500 0.600 0.500 1.100

O's send out their own young arm in Kevin Gausman. Gausman is coming off 6 2/3 innings of one-run baseball against the Angels. Current Astros are batting .667 (2-for-3) against Gausman with a 1.00 BABIP, 25.0 K%, and a 25.0 BB%.

HOUSTON ASTROS CAREER STATISTICS VS. KEVIN GAUSMAN
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Colby Rasmus 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Luis Valbuena 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0.500 0.500 2.000 2.500