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Game No. 94 Preview: Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics

Astros send out Dallas Keuchel in game two, looking for the rebound win.

Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros (50-43) vs. Oakland Athletics (41-52), July 19, 2016, 9:05 PM CDT

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

LHP Dallas Keuchel (6-9, 4.80 ERA, 1.37 WHIP) Vs. LHP Dillon Overton (1-1, 11.42 ERA, 2.31 WHIP)

Preview

Nothing went right for the Astros in game one against the Athletics. Mike Fiers couldn't finish four innings on the mound and then starts a scuffle in the dugout for the next inning or so. But the Astros now turn to the 2015 AL Cy Young award winner to right the ship.

Keuchel will be looking for his sixth straight quality start in game two. He is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in two July starts. He held the A's to one run on four hits over seven innings in his last start on July 10.

Keuchel is 2-3 with a 2.78 ERA in 13 career games (11 starts) against Oakland. He is 0-2 with a 3.30 ERA in five games (four starts) in Oakland. Current A's are batting .292 (38x130) against Keuchel with a .333 BABIP, 4.06 FIP, 14.5 K%, and a 9.7 BB%.

OAKLAND ATHLETICS CAREER STATISTICS VS. DALLAS KEUCHEL
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Jed Lowrie 26 9 2 0 0 3 0 5 0.346 0.346 0.423 0.769
Coco Crisp 24 7 3 0 0 1 5 1 0.292 0.414 0.417 0.830
Danny Valencia 13 7 2 0 2 4 3 4 0.538 0.625 1.154 1.779
Marcus Semien 15 6 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.400 0.400 0.400 0.800
Jake Smolinski 11 4 0 0 0 1 1 2 0.364 0.417 0.364 0.780
Josh Phegley 10 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.300 0.300 0.400 0.700
Billy Burns 11 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.182 0.167 0.182 0.348
Billy Butler 16 2 0 0 0 0 3 2 0.125 0.263 0.125 0.388
Sam Fuld 6 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
Eric Sogard 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.286 0.286 0.286 0.571
Yonder Alonso 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.200 0.333 0.200 0.533
Mark Canha 9 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.111 0.200 0.111 0.311
Matt McBride 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.500 0.500 0.500 1.000
Josh Reddick 15 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 0.067 0.125 0.067 0.192
Khris Davis 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000

Keuchel, born in Tulsa, will face fellow Oklahoman Dillon Overton on the mound. The left-hander was born in Clinton and played college baseball at Oklahoma. Overton makes his third start of the season for the A's on Tuesday after being called up for the start against Nashville.

The 2013 2nd round pick, allowed three runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 inning on June 25 against the Angels and eight runs on eight hits over three innings on June 30 against the Giants.

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