Houston Astros (46-39) vs. Oakland Athletics (43-41), July 7, 2016, 7:10 PM CDT
RHP Doug Fister (8-5, 3.66 ERA, 1.28 WHIP) vs. LHP Rich Hill (8-3, 2.31 ERA, 1.11 WHIP)
The Astros and Athletics are two teams heading in opposite directions. The Astros have clawed their way back into the Wild Card race and A.L. West standing with solid pitching and timely hitting. The Athletics have had a losing record month after month since posting a winning record in April (13-12) -- the A's have started July out with a 1-5 record.
The Astros hope to take game one with Doug Fister on the mound. Fister has been arguably the best pitcher on staff in 2016. He was 4-1 with a 2.45 ERA in five June starts. But he is coming off a start against t the White Sox on July 2 in which he looked averaged -- he allowed five runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings. Chicago worked the count against Fister, it will be interesting to see what happens in the follow-up start and see Fister's adjustments.
Fister is 7-6 with a 3.17 ERA in 15 career start against the A's. Current A's are batting .295 (44x149) against Fister with a .328 BABIP, 3.09 FIP, 11.9 K%, and a 4.4 BB%.
|OAKLAND ATHLETICS CAREER STATISTICS VS. DOUG FISTER|
Rich Hill was stretched from an earlier start against Houston with a groin strain. He returned from the disabled list to make a start on July 2, he allowed two earned runs on four hits over six innings in a no-decision against the Pirates. He allowed just two runs on two hits over six innings in one start against Houston on May 1.
Hill is 2-1 with a 2.88 ERA in nine appearances (five starts) against Houston in his career. Current Astros are batting .158 (3x19) against Hill with a .133 BABIP, 7.12 FIP, 15.4 K%, and a 19.2 BB%.
|HOUSTON ASTROS CAREER STATISTICS VS. RICH HILL|