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Game No. 97 Preview: Houston Astros at Baltimore Orioles

Good, baseball in Baltimore. I just finished watching The Keepers.

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Houston Astros (64-32) vs. Baltimore Orioles (46-50), July 22, 2017, 6:05 p.m. CT

TV: AT&T SportsNet-SW
Radio: KBME 790 AM, La Nueva 94.1 FM
Online: MLB.TV
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Pitching Matchup

RHP Collin McHugh (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP) vs. RHP Chris Tillman (1-5, 7.20 ERA, 2.02 WHIP, .370 BABIP, 5.64 xFIP)


James Hoyt did his best to give away the game on Friday night but the Astros ended the Orioles' four-game winning streak.

The Astros welcome back Collin McHugh to start a winning streak for Houston. McHugh battled a case of "dead arm" from the start of spring training. He only made one start during spring training before he was shut down.

McHugh made five rehab starts with Triple-A Fresno and Double-A Corpus Christi, he was 0-0 with a 5.06 ERA and 1.63 WHIP.

McHugh is 1-0 with a 6.18 ERA in five career starts against the Orioles. He was 0-0 with 9.72 ERA in two starts in 2016 (8 1/3 IP). He has given up seven home runs in 27 2/3 innings.

Chris Davis (3x10) and Adam Jones (4x15) each have two home runs against McHugh. Seth Smith is 3-for-22 with eight strikeouts against McHugh.

Chris Tillman has been the backbone of the O's rotation for the past few seasons. But Tillman hasn't been the same pitcher in 2017, he is 0-3 with a 9.69 ERA in six starts during June.

Tillman is 2-3 with a 3.89 ERA in six career starts against the Astros. He was 0-1 with an 8.00 ERA in two starts in 2016.

Jose Altuve is 3-for-16 with one strikeout against Tillman in his career. Carlos Beltran is 4-for-19 a home run against Tillman. George Springer is 3-for-12 with three strikeouts. Alex Bregman is 2-for-2 with a home run.