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Game No. 132 Preview: Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics

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Astros go for two in a row against the A’s with McHugh on the mound.

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Houston Astros (69-62) vs. Oakland Athletics (57-74), August 30, 2016, 7:10 P.M. CT

TV: Root Sports SW
Online: MLB.TV
Radio: KBME 790 AM, La Nueva 94.1 FM
Athletics SBNation Blog: Athletics Nation

Pitching Matchup

RHP Collin McHugh (8-10, 5.01 ERA, 1.52 WHIP) vs. RHP Kendall Graveman (10-8, 3.97 ERA, 1.30 WHIP)

Preview

Joe Musgrove helped the Astros get back into the win column and help Houston be only two games away from the Baltimore Orioles in the second Wild Card spot. The Astros now hopes Colin McHugh can help the Astros continues to win after rolling off 8-2 in their last 10 games.

McHugh is 1-3 with a 6.15 ERA in his last five starts. McHugh hasn't been able to get through the sixth inning in his last three starts. McHugh is 0-0 with a 5.56 ERA in two starts against the A's in 2016, he is 4-1 with a 3.40 in seven career starts against Oakland.

Current Athletics are batting .280 (23x82) against McHugh with a .377 BABIP, 3.77 FIP, 28.9 K%, and an 8.9 BB%. Danny Valencia has hit McHugh well, he is 6-for-17 with two doubles and a home run. So has Marcus Semien, he is batting .462 (6x13) with two doubles and a home run. Steven Vogt has struggled, has six strikeouts in 13 at-bats.

Kendall Graveman is making his fourth start against the Astros this season. He is 2-0 with a 4.19 ERA in those previous three starts. He is 2-0 with a 3.57 ERA in three career starts at Minute Maid Park.

Graveman comes into the game with a 3-1 record and 3.31 ERA in five starts in August. He has allowed just one run over his last 15 2/3 innings.

Current Astros are batting .271 (23x85) against Graveman with a .263 BABIP, 4.93 FIP, 8.7 K%, and 4.3 BB%.