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Game No. 88 Preview: Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics

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Astros looks for two straight against the A's after Friday's walk-off.

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Houston Astros (47-40) vs. Oakland Athletics (37-50), July 9, 2016, 3:10 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 (4-2, 3.57 ERA, 1.57 WHIP) vs. RHP Kendall Graveman (4-6, 4.57 ERA, 1.50 WHIP)

Preview

It doesn't get much better than Friday's win. The Astros practically had the life sucked out of them only to have Luis Valbuena jolt everything back into place. The Astros look to ride that momentum with Lance McCullers on the mound on Saturday at Minute Maid Park.

McCullers was skipped for one start last week and returned to full form on July 4 against the Mariners -- he allowed just one run on five hits while striking out 10. McCullers is 4-1 with a 2.98 ERA in his last seven starts (42.1 IP).

McCullers is making his second start against Oakland this season (both at home), he allowed two runs on eight hits over seven innings in a win on June 5. He is 1-0 with a 2.31 ERA in two career starts against the Athletics.

Current Athletics are batting .250 (9x36) against McCullers with a .346 BABIP, 2.64 FIP, 24.4 K%, and a 12.2 BB%.

OAKLAND ATHLETICS CAREER STATISTICS VS. LANCE MCCULLERS
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Yonder Alonso 2 2 1 0 0 2 1 0 1.000 1.000 1.500 2.500
Billy Burns 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Billy Butler 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Coco Crisp 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0.000 0.143 0.000 0.143
Khris Davis 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Sam Fuld 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000 0.500 0.000 0.500
Jed Lowrie 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.000 0.250 0.000 0.250
Max Muncy 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.500 0.500 1.000 1.500
Josh Reddick 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Marcus Semien 5 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.600 0.667 0.800 1.467
Eric Sogard 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.500 0.500 0.500 1.000
Danny Valencia 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.333 0.500 0.333 0.833
Stephen Vogt 6 3 1 0 0 0 0 2 0.500 0.500 0.667 1.167

Kendall Graveman is making his second start this season against the Astros. He allowed five runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings on June 4. Graveman finished the month of June with a 1-0 record and a 4.33 ERA in five starts. He is coming off an excellent start against the Twins, he allowed one earned run on three hits over 6 2/3 innings on July 4.

Graveman is 1-1 with a 6.91 ERA in three career starts against the Astros. He is 1-0 with a 4.66 ERA in two starts at Minute Maid Park.

Current Astros are batting .333 (17x51) against Graveman with a .326 BABIP, 6.17 FIP, 6.9 K%, and an 8.6 BB%.

HOUSTON ASTROS CAREER STATISTICS VS. KENDALL GRAVEMAN
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Jose Altuve 9 3 0 0 1 3 0 0 0.333 0.333 0.667 1.000
Jason Castro 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.200 0.333 0.200 0.533
Carlos Correa 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.500 0.667 0.500 1.167
Evan Gattis 5 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 0.400 0.400 1.000 1.400
Marwin Gonzalez 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.333 0.500 0.333 0.833
Jake Marisnick 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Colby Rasmus 6 4 2 0 0 1 1 0 0.667 0.714 1.000 1.714
George Springer 8 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.250 0.333 0.375 0.708
Luis Valbuena 7 3 1 0 0 0 1 2 0.429 0.500 0.571 1.071