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Game No. 101 Preview: Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees

Astros 101, here we come.

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros (54-45) vs. New York Yankees (51-48), July 26, 2016, 7:10 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

RHP Lance McCullers (5-4, 3.33 ERA, 1.56 WHIP) vs. RHP Masahiro Tanaka (7-2, 3.00 ERA, 1.09 WHIP)

Preview

The Astros are attempting to save face after two losses to the sellers' market Yankees. Alex Bregman will be back in the field at third base after Luis Valbuena left Tuesday's game with a hamstring injury. Bregman will be helping Lance McCuller's go for his sixth win of the season.

McCullers has found another gear over his last handful of starts, he is 2-2 with a 2.22 ERA in four July starts. McCullers is 4-2 with a 2.37 ERA in eight home starts this season, he is 8-3 with a 2.08 ERA in 18 career starts at Minute Maid Park.

Current Yankees are batting .333 (1x3) against McCullers with a .500 BABIP, -6.80 FIP, 33.3 K%, and a 0.0 BB%.

NEW YORK YANKEES CAREER STATISTICS VS. LANCE MCCULLERS
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Dustin Ackley 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Aaron Hicks 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667

One time Astros' international free agent target Masahiro Tanaka has been the Yankees' anchor on the pitching staff in 2016. He has been lights out in July with a 2-0 record and a 1.48 ERA in four July starts. He allowed two runs on four hits over 5 2/3 innings on Opening Day (April 5) against the Astros.

Tanaka is 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA in two career starts against Houston. Current Astros are batting .262 (17x65) against Tanaka with a .255 BABIP, 6.58 FIP, 18.6 K%, and a 7.1 BB%.

HOUSTON ASTROS CAREER STATISTICS VS. MASAHIRO TANAKA
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Jose Altuve 6 2 1 0 1 1 0 1 0.333 0.333 1.000 1.333
Jason Castro 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Carlos Correa 6 3 0 0 2 4 0 1 0.500 0.500 1.500 2.000
Evan Gattis 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Carlos Gomez 4 2 1 0 0 0 1 2 0.500 0.600 0.750 1.350
Marwin Gonzalez 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Colby Rasmus 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.000 0.167 0.000 0.167
Jon Singleton 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
George Springer 4 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 0.500 0.667 0.500 1.167
Preston Tucker 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.500 0.500 1.000 1.500
Luis Valbuena 11 3 2 0 0 0 0 2 0.273 0.273 0.455 0.727


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