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Game No. 53 Preview: Houston Astros at Arizona Diamondbacks

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If the D-Backs couldn't handle McHugh, wait until they see McCullers.

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Houston Astros (23-29) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (23-30), May 31, 2016, 2:40 PM CT

TV: Root Sports Southwest
Online: MLB.TV
Radio: KBME SportsTalk 790 AM, La Nueva 94.1 FM (En Español) 
Arizona Diamondbacks SB Nation Blog: AZ Snake Pit

Pitching Matchup

RHP Lance McCullers (1-1, 4.60 ERA, 1.60 WHIP) vs. LHP Patrick Corbin (2-4, 4.21 ERA, 1.32 WHIP)

Preview

The Houston Astros have won six of their last seven games. On Monday, the Astros appeared to outclass the Diamondbacks with Colin McHugh on the mound. Now the team sends out electric Lance McCullers. McHugh picked up eight strikeouts over nine innings, how far north of that can McCullers go in the strikeout department?

Lance McCullers has struck out 17 over last 17 innings of work. He picked up his first win of 2016, allowing just one run over five innings against Balitmore. But the O's were able to get McCullers' pitch count up to 108 by the end of the fifth.

McCullers has one career start against the D-Backs, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits over five innings while striking out six. Current D-Backs are batting .214 (3x14) against McCullers with a .333 BABIP, 1.01 FIP, 33.3 K%, and a 6.7 BB%.

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS CAREER STATISTICS VS. LANCE MCCULLERS
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
A.J. Pollock 3 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0.667 0.667 1.667 2.333
Paul Goldschmidt 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.500 0.667 0.500 1.167
Phil Gosselin 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
Socrates Brito 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Chris Herrmann 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Jake Lamb 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Chris Owings 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000

Patrick Corbin goes for the D-Backs in game two. He has thrown three quality starts in may out his five total outings. His last start was not a quality one, he allowed four earned runs over 5 2/3 against the Pirates.

Current Astros are batting .059 (1x17) against Corbin with a .100 BABIP, 1.63 FIP, 36.8 K%, and a 10.5 BB%.

HOUSTON ASTROS CAREER STATISTICS VS. PATRICK CORBIN
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Jose Altuve 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0.333 0.500 0.667 1.167
Evan Gattis 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000 0.333 0.000 0.333
Carlos Gomez 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000

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