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Game No. 28 Preview: Houston Astros vs. Minnesota Twins

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May the 4th be with you, Mike Fiers.

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros (9-18) at Minnesota Twins (8-19), May 4, 2016, 7:10 PM CDT

TV: ROOT SPORTS Southwest
Online: MLB.TV
Radio: KBME 790, La Nueva 94.1 FM (En Español) 
Twins SB Nation Blog: Twinkie Town

Pitching Matchup

RHP Mike Fiers (2-1, 4.97 ERA, 1.28 WHIP) vs. RHP Phil Hughes (1-4, 4.45 ERA, 1.25 WHIP)

Preview

The Houston Astros are 2-1 in May. Yay! The team is 9-18 overall. Boo! Houston sends out Mike Fiers in hopes of picking up the team's second series victory in 2016.

Fiers has been trending in the right direction. He is coming off his best start in 2016, allowing two runs on seven hits over seven innings in Oakland. In three home start this season, Fiers is 2-1 with a 4.76 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. The long ball has been an issue, he has given up four at home so far and seven overall.

Current Twins are .228 (13x57) vs. Fiers with a .277 BABIP, 3.83 FIP, 16.9 K%, and 15.5 BB%. Fiers is 2-1 with a 1.65 ERA and a 1.134 WHIP in his career against the Twins.

MINNESOTA TWINS CAREER STATISTICS VS. MIKE FIERS
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Brian Dozier 11 3 1 0 0 0 2 1 0.273 0.385 0.364 0.748
Eddie Rosario 8 3 1 0 0 1 0 3 0.375 0.375 0.500 0.875
Eduardo Escobar 5 2 0 1 0 2 2 2 0.400 0.500 0.800 1.300
Joe Mauer 9 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.222 0.300 0.222 0.522
Eduardo Nunez 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
Trevor Plouffe 6 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.167 0.444 0.167 0.611
Kurt Suzuki 7 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.143 0.250 0.143 0.393
Byron Buxton 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
John Hicks 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Miguel Sano 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.000 0.333 0.000 0.333
Danny Santana 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.000 0.250 0.000 0.250

Phil Hughes started the season with four straight quality starts. The streak was broken in his last start as he went only five innings and allowed four runs on seven hits against the Tigers.

Hughes is making his first major league start at Minute Maid Park in his 10-year career. Hughes is 1-1 with a 7.71 ERA in two career starts against Houston.

Current Astros are batting .143 (5x35) against Hughes with a .087 BABIP, 6.50 FIP, 22.0 K%, and a 9.8 B%.

HOUSTON ASTROS CAREER STATISTICS VS. PHIL HUGHES
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Jose Altuve 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
Marwin Gonzalez 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0.500 0.500 2.000 2.500
Erik Kratz 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.333 0.333 0.667 1.000
Colby Rasmus 14 1 0 0 1 2 2 2 0.071 0.235 0.286 0.521
George Springer 3 1 0 0 1 2 0 2 0.333 0.333 1.333 1.667
Jason Castro 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Carlos Gomez 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.000 0.500 0.000 0.500
Jon Singleton 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Luis Valbuena 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000