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Game No. 123 Preview: Houston Astros at Baltimore Orioles

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Astros hope to make it back-to-back wins against the O’s.

Houston Astros v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

Houston Astros (62-60) at Baltimore Orioles (67-54)

TV: Root Sports SW

Online: MLB.TV

Radio: KBME 790 AM, La Nueva 94.1 FM

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Pitching Matchup

RHP Mike Fiers (8-6, 4.66 ERA, 1.35 WHIP) vs. RHP Chris Tillman (15-4, 3.46 ERA, 1.21 WHIP)

Preview

That is one way of breaking out of a streak. The Astros posted 15 runs on 4 home runs last night. Somehow avoiding a loss after giving up four home runs without recording an out.

After seeing the Hyde side of Collin McHugh once again, the Astros can’t afford another short outing from a starter. That may be a tall order for Mike Fiers has gone five innings or less in four of his last seven outings. He is 1-2 with a 6.32 ERA in his three outing during August.

Fiers is making his first career start against the Orioles. Current O's batters are hitting .227 (5x22) against Fiers with a .231 BABIP, 33. K%, 4.2 BB%, and 5.70 FIP.

Chris Tillman has long been the O's leader on the pitching staff even without any stellar "stuff" to speak of. Tillman is 8-1 with a 3.74 ERA in 13 home starts this season. Tillman is 1-1 with a 3.46 ERA in two August starts this season. He is making his first start since Aug. 11.

Tillman is 2-2 with a 2.48 ERA in five career starts against the Astros. Current Astros are batting .185 against Tillman with a .205 BABIP, 14.8 K%, 11.5 BB%, and 4.33 FIP.