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Game No. 125 Preview: Houston Astros at Pittsburgh Pirates

Can Houston make it four wins in a row in the steel city?

Houston Astros v Pittsburgh Pirates Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Houston Astros (64-60) at Pittsburgh Pirates (62-59), Aug. 22, 2016, 6:10

Radio: La Nueva 94.1 FM, and KBME 790
Pittsburgh Pirates SB Nation Site: Bucs Dugout

Pitching Matchup

RHP Doug Fister (11-8, 3.76 ERA, 1.31 WHIP) vs. RHP Jameson Taillon (3-2, 3.00 ERA, 1.09 WHIP)


It’s 2012 again. The Astros play a three-game series against the Pirates. The winner pushed further towards the playoffs, the loser spins harder to earth after hopes of a strong season started the year.

The Astros send out Doug Fister in game one. He is 1-1 with a 3.91 ERA in four August starts thus far. He last only four innings in his last start, allowing four runs on seven hits including a home run.

Fister is 1-2 with 2.08 ERA in five career starts against the Pirates. He is 1-2 with a 2.70 in four starts at PNC Stadium.

Current Pirates are batting .213 (20x94) against Fister with a .236 BABIP, 3.65 FIP, 20.2 K%, and 4.0 BB%. Andrew McCutchen is batting 5-for-11 with a walk against Fister. John Jaso is batting 4-for-14 with two doubles. Starling Marte is batting 2-for-11 with a triple.

Jameson Taillon, Pirates prospect and The Woodlands native, makes his 12th start this season. He is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in his last three starts. Taillon is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in six home starts.