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Game No. 57 Preview: Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics

Astros aim to build upon blowout win in game one against the A's.

Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros (25-30) vs. Oakland Athletics (25-29), June 4, 2016, 3:10 p.m. CT

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

Pitching Matchup

RHP Collin McHugh (5-4, 4.82 ERA, 1.46 WHIP) vs. RHP Kendall Graveman (2-6, 5.09 ERA, 1.58 WHIP)


HEY ASTROS! SAVE SOME RUNS FOR TODAY! Because that is how baseball works, you can wilfully keep yourself from scoring runs in hopes of saving runs for another game you expect to be tight. It worked against Chris Sale and Zack Greinke earlier this season, oh wait.

The A's had Rich Hill was scheduled to make the start on Saturday but cut his warm up on Friday short and the A's moved up Kendall Graveman to make the start on Saturday.

Kendall Graveman has given up just two runs in each of his last three outings. He made two starts, allowing four runs over 11 2/3 innings in those two starts. Graveman also made one appearance out of the bullpen, allowing two runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings on May 24 against the Mariners.

Astros are currently batting .303 (10x33) against Graveman with a .310 BABIP, 5.84 FIP, 8.1 K%, and a 10.8 BB%

Collin McHugh has been vastly improved since his first start of the season in which he couldn't get out of the first inning. He is 5-3 with a 4.11 ERA in his last 10 starts. He was 3-1 with a 3.83 ERA during his six starts in May. McHugh is 3-2 with a 4.46 ERA in six home starts in 2016.

A's are batting .246 (17x69) against McHugh with a .327 BABIP, 2.79 FIP, 25.3 K%, and a 8.0 BB%.

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