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Game No. 81 Preview: Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees

McCullers’ takes a turn against the Bronx Bombers.

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Houston Astros (54-26) vs. New York Yankees (42-35), June 30, 2017, 7:10 p.m. CT

Radio: KBME 790 AM, La Nueva 94.1 FM
Online: MLB.TV
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Pitching Matchup

RHP Lance McCullers (7-1, 2.53 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, .281 BABIP, 2.64 xFIP) vs. RHP Michael Pineda (7-4, 4.12 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, .292 BABIP, 3.43 xFIP)


The Houston Astros remain the top team in baseball after taking two of three from the Oakland Athletics at home. Houston now turns their focus to the New York Yankees. The Yankees are currently one game behind the Boston Red Sox for the American League East.

The Yankees enter the series with the Astros on a slide, going 4-6 in her last 10 games and losing rookies Dustin Fowler and Greg Bird to injuries.

Lance McCullers Jr. will take the mound in game one against the Bronx Bombers. McCullers returned to the rotation on June 24 after dealing with back soreness. He allowed one run on four hits over five innings against the Seattle Mariners, while striking out eight.

McCullers is 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA in two career starts against the Yankees. He has struck out 17 and walked two over 12 innings. One of those two starts includes a May 12 start in 2017, he pitched six scoreless innings and struck out seven.

Only one Yankee has an extra-base hit in previous games against McCullers. Aaron Judge has a double, he is 2-for-2. Brett Gardner is 2-for-6 with two strikeouts. Jacoby Ellsbury, Chase Headley, Matt Holliday, and Gary Sanchez is 0-for-20 against McCullers.

New York will send out Michael Pineda opposite McCullers. He is 1-2 with a 5.86 ERA in five June starts. He most recently gave up seven runs on six hits over four innings against the Texas Rangers on June 25.

Pineda is 2-3 with a 4.62 ERA in six career starts against the Astros. He has 34 strikeouts and five walks in 37 innings. Carlos Correa has owned Pineda, he batting .600 (6x10) with two doubles and three home runs. George Springer is 4-for-14 with two home runs off Pineda, but he also has six strikeouts.