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Game No. 122 Preview: Houston Astros at Baltimore Orioles

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The Astros try to bounce back from their drubbing at the hands of the O's last night in the second game of a four-game set.

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Houston Astros (61-60) at Baltimore Orioles (67-53)

TV: Root Sports SW

Online: MLB.TV

Radio: KBME 790 AM, La Nueva 94.1 FM

Orioles SB Nation Blog: Camden Chat

Pitching Matchup

RHP Collin McHugh (7-10, 4.70 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 3.83 FIP) vs. LHP Wade Miley (7-10, 5.23 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 4.77 FIP)

Preview

Blerg.

Another game against the Orioles tonight. Another chance for the Astros to begin their magical, mystical rise to the top of the American League West. Failing that, the ride could take them high enough to make the playoffs at least.

Maybe that's asking too much. Can this magical ride that begins tonight at least take them to playoff contention into the final week of the season? At least make baseball meaningful in September.

Alas, the Astros have been playing so terribly lately even that seems out of reach. It feels like Houston sits 30 games back from anything relevant. I liked it better when the team collapsed from first place, because at least they fell into the Wild Card race. This is just depressing.

But, hey! Previews are supposed to be hopeful! Who's pitching for the Orioles?

Wade Miley! He's terrible! He's got a 7.04 ERA since joining the Orioles! What a terrible trade that was amirite? Baltimore gave up Ariel Miranda for Miley at the deadline and he's been worse than he was in Seattle for the O's. Woof.

What's that? Miley has been a Cy Young candidate against the Astros this year?

Frick!

Yep, sure enough. Miley has a 2.84 ERA in two starts against Houston. That includes 12 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts and four walks. Double frick!

Maybe it's not that bad. Maybe Collin McHugh has owned the Orioles in the past. Maybe he can be our stopper!

Nope. In one start this year, the O's chased McHugh in the sixth after giving up three runs. Hey, at least he had 10 strikeouts to offset the eight hits he gave up.

Hope is dead. Look ye elsewhere for hope.

#AugustNeverHappened