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Game No. 113 Preview: Houston Astros vs. Minnesota Twins

Astros hoped to pull themselves off the mat in Minnesota.

Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros (57-55) vs. Minnesota Twins (46-66), August 9, 2016, 7:10 PM CT

Radio: La Nueva 94.1 FM, KBME 790
Online: MLB.TV
Minnesota Twins SB Nation Blog: Twinkie Town

Pitching Matchup

RHP Mike Fiers (7-5, 4.34 ERA, 1.33 WHIP) vs. LHP Hector Santiago (10-5, 4.37 ERA, 1.34 WHIP)


@The_Batguy on twitter (go follow him) did an excellent job of breaking down the Astros woes at the moment. The Astros are making it contact on all pitches at 73.3% -- the worst in the majors. Houston also is first in 1st pitch swings (34.5%) and 3-0 counts (5.5%). 797 strikeouts are the most in the MLB.

The offense has proven to be the sources for the Astros backslide -- but that nothing we didn't already know. But that isn't going to change in one game.

The Astros can only hope for another solid outing from the starter pitcher and bullpen to set the team up for a win with the offense stumbling.

Mike Fiers comes into Tuesday game with three straight quality starts under his belt. He has allowed just two earned runs over 12 1/3 innings.

Fiers is making his second start against the Twins this season, he allowed four runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings on May 4. He is 2-1 with a 2.54 ERA in six games (five starts) against the Twins in his career. Fiers is 2-1 with a 2.08 ERA in three starts at Target Field.

Current Twins are batting .235 (16x68) against Fiers with a .268 BABIP, 4.49 FIP, 14.8 K%, and a 13.6 BB%. Brian Dozier (4x14) and Joe Mauer (4x12)are both have four hits against Fiers, Dozier has a home run and three RBIs.

Former Angel Hector Santiago goes for the Twins on Tuesday, he makes his second start for Minnesota since being traded. He allowed four runs over five innings on five hits in his first on August 4 against the Indians.

Santiago has made one start against Astros this season, he held Houston to one run on three hits over 6 1/3 innings on June 21. Santiago is 1-2 with a 3.69 ERA in 10 games (8 starts) in his career against the Astros.

Marwin Gonzalez is batting .300 (3x10) with a home run against Santiago. Jose Altuve is batting .200 (4x20) with a double against Santiago.