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Game No. 75 Preview: Houston Astros at Kansas City Royals

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A.J. Reed makes his major league debut on Saturday against the Royals.

Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros (38-36) vs. Kansas City Royals (38-34), June 25, 2016, 6:15 PM CDT

TV: FOX
Online: MLB.TV , FOX Sports Go
Radio: KBME SportsTalk 790 AM, La Nueva 94.1 FM (En Español) 
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Pitching Matchup

RHP Mike Fiers (5-3, 4.42 ERA, 1.27 WHIP) vs. RHP Chris Young (2-6, 5.61 ERA, 1.42 WHIP)

Preview

The big story line coming into Saturday's game as you might have guessed the fact the Houston Astros are calling up to prospect A.J. Reed to start in Saturday's game.

In June, he is .282 (24x85) with 12 runs scored, eight doubles, a triple , five home runs and 12 RBIs in 22 games. Red is batting .283 (46x159) vs. right-handed pitcher this season compared to lefties which he is batting .222 (14x63).

By that is why Reed is coming up to face one of all pitchers Chris Young in his major league debut. Young has given up 19 home runs over 10 starts this season. Young seems to be a soft starting point for Reed's career. Young is coming off his best start of the season, allowing one run on three hits over six innings against the Tigers.

Young is 4-2 with a 5.49 ERA in seven career starts against Houston. Current Astros are batting .239 (17x71) against Young with a .271 BABIP, 4.46 FIP, 25.0 K%, and a 5.3 BB%.

HOUSTON ASTROS CAREER STATISTICS VS. CHRIS YOUNG
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Jose Altuve 12 3 0 0 0 2 0 3 0.250 0.250 0.250 0.500
Jason Castro 5 2 1 1 0 3 0 1 0.400 0.400 1.000 1.400
Carlos Correa 3 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.667 0.667 1.000 1.667
Evan Gattis 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.500 0.500 0.500 1.000
Carlos Gomez 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Marwin Gonzalez 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0.500 0.500 2.000 2.500
Jake Marisnick 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Colby Rasmus 6 2 0 0 1 2 1 2 0.333 0.429 0.833 1.262
Jon Singleton 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
George Springer 8 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.000 0.111 0.000 0.111
Preston Tucker 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.000 0.667 0.000 0.667
Luis Valbuena 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.500 0.500 1.000 1.500
Tyler White 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667

Mike Fiers counters Young on the mound for the Astros on Saturday. In the month of June, Mike Fiers has posted three quality starts for the Astros, by the strict definition he has only posted two quality starts. I would like to give him one more as he didn't allow a run over 5 2/3 innings in his last start -- June 19 against the Reds.

Fiers is 0-2 with a 7.36 ERA in two career starts against the Royals. Current Royals are batting .278 (10x36) against Fiers with a .281 BABIP, 4.66 FIP, 12.2 K%, and 7.3 BB%.

KANSAS CITY ROYALS CAREER STATISTICS VS. MIKE FIERS
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Lorenzo Cain 5 2 0 1 1 4 1 0 0.400 0.500 1.400 1.900
Tony Cruz 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.500 0.500 0.500 1.000
Alcides Escobar 6 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
Alex Gordon 4 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 0.500 0.500 0.500 1.000
Eric Hosmer 5 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.400 0.500 0.400 0.900
Kendrys Morales 6 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
Mike Moustakas 5 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.400 0.500 0.400 0.900
Paulo Orlando 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Salvador Perez 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000

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