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Game No. 104 Preview: Houston Astros at Detroit Tigers

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So the Astros can (again) only go up from here, right?

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Houston Astros (55-48) vs. Detroit Tigers (56-48), Jul 31, 2016, 12:08 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 (6-10, 4.57 ERA, 1.33 WHIP) vs. RHP Mike Pelfrey (3-9, 4.98 ERA, 1.75 WHIP)

Preview

Well, this hasn't been a great start for the Astros. A blowout loss and a painful comeback/walk-off in game two. What will happen now?

The Astros can only hope their "ace" Dallas Keuchel can be the stopper that the team is looking for. Keuchel is 1-1 with a 2.33 ERA in three starts in July. Keuchel has posted seven straight quality starts coming to Sunday.

He previously faced the Tigers on April 15, he pitched eight scoreless innings and struck out four. Keuchel is 3-1 with a 3.03 ERA in five games (four starts) against the Tigers. He is 1-0 with a 4.05 ERA in two starts at Comerica Park.

Current Tigers are batting .291 (32x110) against Keuchel with a .312 BABIP, 4.55 FIP, 11.9 K%, and a 6.8 BB%.

DETROIT TIGERS CAREER STATISTICS VS. DALLAS KEUCHEL
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Mike Aviles 6 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
Miguel Cabrera 12 2 0 0 0 0 3 4 0.167 0.333 0.167 0.500
Nick Castellanos 9 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.333 0.333 0.444 0.778
Anthony Gose 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.167 0.167 0.167 0.333
Jose Iglesias 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.200 0.333 0.400 0.733
Ian Kinsler 26 8 0 0 1 2 2 3 0.308 0.357 0.423 0.780
Victor Martinez 12 4 0 0 1 2 0 1 0.333 0.333 0.583 0.917
J.D. Martinez 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.111 0.111 0.111 0.222
James McCann 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
Andrew Romine 3 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0.667 0.667 0.667 1.333
Jarrod Saltalamacchia 8 2 1 0 0 1 0 2 0.250 0.250 0.375 0.625
Justin Upton 10 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0.100 0.250 0.100 0.350

Mike Pelfrey goes for the Tigers on Sunday. Pelfrey is 1-2 with a 4.81 ERA in five July starts. He allowed one run on five hits over six innings on April 15 against the Astros.

Pelfrey is 3-5 with a 4.56 ERA in nine career starts against Houston. Current Astros are batting .263 (20x76) against Pelfrey with a .310 BABIP, 4.85 FIP, 18.2 K%, and a 13.6 BB%.

HOUSTON ASTROS CAREER STATISTICS VS. MIKE PELFREY
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Jose Altuve 9 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 0.222 0.364 0.222 0.586
Jason Castro 6 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 0.333 0.500 0.333 0.833
Carlos Correa 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0.000 0.200 0.000 0.200
Evan Gattis 7 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.286 0.286 0.286 0.571
Carlos Gomez 11 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.182 0.182 0.182 0.364
Marwin Gonzalez 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Jake Marisnick 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.500 0.500 0.500 1.000
Colby Rasmus 10 4 0 0 1 3 2 3 0.400 0.500 0.700 1.200
George Springer 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
Luis Valbuena 6 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 0.167 0.286 0.333 0.619
Tyler White 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.000 0.667 0.000 0.667

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