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Game No. 65 Preview: Houston Astros at Tampa Bay Rays

Astros go for the series win with Dallas Keuchel on the mound.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros (30-34) at Tampa Bay Rays (28-32), June 12, 2016, 12:10 PM CT

TV: Root Sports Southwest
Online: MLB.TV
Radio: KBME SportsTalk 790 AM, La Nueva 94.1 FM (En Español) 
Tampa Bay Rays SB Nation Blog: D-Rays Bay

Pitching Matchup

LHP Dallas Keuchel (3-8, 5.44 ERA, 1.44 WHIP)  vs. LHP Matt Moore (2-4, 5.56 ERA, 1.48 WHIP)

Preview

There is something familiar about the Astros heading to a Sunday game, hoping for a series victory with Dallas Keuchel on the mound. In 2015, most fans would expect to have this game in the bag. But this is 2016, Keuchel hasn't found the same magic he had last season. Thankfully for Kuechel, Matt Moore hasn't been the same pitcher in 2016 either.

Dallas Keuchel posted back-to-back quality starts entering his last start in Arlington. Keuchel allowed four runs over 7 1/3 innings against the Rangers. Texas squared in on the first pitch of the at-bat for success, the same problem that Keuchel had earlier this season.

Keuchel is 0-3 with a 4.78 ERA in five career starts against the Rays. He is 0-2 with a 4.43 ERA in three starts at Tropicana Field. Current Rays are batting .296 (21x71) against Keuchel with a .385 BABIP, 2.71 FIP, 22.8 K%, and a 6.3 BB%. '

Matt Moore hasn't been the same pitcher since his Tommy John surgery in 2014. He showed a flash that he was back to start the season. Moore was 1-1 with a 7.36 ERA in five May starts. He has given up nine runs over his last two starts.

Current Astros are batting .156 (5x32) against Moore with a .190 BABIP, 4.76 FIP, 25.6 K%, and a 17.9 BB%.

The Astros offense will be without Carlos Correa for the third straight game after he suffered a sprained ankle in Arlington.


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