Houston Astros (60-55) at Toronto Blue Jays (65-50), August 12-14, 2016
RHP Joe Musgrove (0-0, 0.79 ERA, 0.62 WHIP) vs. LHP Francisco Liriano (6-11, 5.34 ERA, 1.61 WHIP)
The Houston Astros found a second life in Minnesota after Wednesday's 5-0 potential turned into a 15-7 win on Thursday after the rainout. Maybe the Astros purified themselves in the waters of Lake Minnetonka during the rain delay? The positive trend will be tested by the high-powered Blue Jays offense over the weekend.
The Astros face Toronto after the Blue Jays took three of four against the Astros in Houston earlier this month. The Blue Jays helped start the Astros tailspin that found them on the outside looking in on the playoffs.
The Astros have been hit by the injury bug with Luis Valbuena, Lance McCullers, and Colby Rasmus going on the disabled list. But the Blue Jays have been hit just as hard in August as Kevin Pillar and Jose Bautista have gone on the DL in the past week.
Former Blue Jays draft pick Joe Musgrove will make his second major league start in Toronto. Musgrove was solid in his first start, he allowed one run on five hits over seven innings against the Rangers on Aug. 7. It will be Musgrove's second appearance against the Blue Jays, he struck out eight over 4 1/3 innings including Edwin Encarnacion twice.
Former Pittsburgh Pirate Francisco Liriano makes his second start for the Blue Jays on Friday. He posted a quality start in his first outing with the Blue Jays on Aug. 5 against the Royals -- 6 IP, 2 ER, 3 R, 7 H, 5 K, 2 BB.
Liriano is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in one career start against the Astros. Liriano is 1-1 with a 4.26 ERA in two career starts ( three games) at the Rogers Centre.
Current Astros are batting .143 (1x7) against Liriano with a .200 BABIP, 1.20 FIP, 28.6 K%, and a 0.0 BB%.