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Game No. 118 Preview: Houston Astros vs. Toronto Blue Jays

Game three in Toronto: the rubber match.

Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros (61-56) at Toronto Blue Jays (66-51), August 14th 2016, 1:07 PM ET

TV: Root Sports SW

Online: MLB.TV

Radio: KBME SportsTalk 790 AM, La Nueva 94.1 FM (In Spanish)

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Pitching Matchup

Mike Fiers (8-5, 4.46 ERA, 4.66 FIP, 1.33 WHIP), vs. Marcus Stroman (8-5, 4.76 ERA, 3.87 FIP, 1.31 WHIP).

Preview

This pitching matchup is an interesting one for one reason: I've always thought Stroman was a typically Houston-esque starting pitcher. Fantastic ground ball rates (60.3% on the year, 64.1% last season), a strong K/9 rate (career 7.29), all whilst limiting the walks he allows (career 2.12 rate), and very seldomly allowing hard contact.

I've always, therefore, rooted for Stroman. However, tonight, I'm hoping the Astros' batters prey upon him.

Over the last seven days, the Astros rank fourth in team wRC+ in all of baseball with a mark of 125. On the other hand, the Blue Jays rank sixteenth (collating a mark of 94) in the same span of time.

Concerning pitching, the Astros rank fourth in FIP this week (with a collective FIP of 3.68). On the other hand, again, the Blue Jays rank behind the Astros, with their collective FIP of 4.01 ranking tenth.

Two teams still battling for the postseason, who both desperately need a win in the rubber match of this series: it should make for a great game. The Blue Jays currently lead the way in the American League East, while the Astros are still three games back from the second wildcard spot.