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Game No. 101 Preview: Houston Astros at Philadephia Phillies

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Houston Astros (67-33) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (34-64), July 26, 2017, 6:05 p.m. CT

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

RHP Mike Fiers (7-4, 3.59 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, .270 BABIP, 4.16 xFIP) vs. RHP Aaron Nola (7-6, 3.38 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, .294 BABIP, 3.59 xFIP)


The Houston Astros can go for a sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday. The Astros can also improve to 10-0 against the National League.

The Astros will lean on Mike Fiers to reach that mark. Mike Fiers was 3-1 with a 2.32 ERA in five starts during June. Fiers came back to earth to start July with eight walks over 10 innings. But he returned to form over his last two starts. Fires allowed three earned runs over 14 innings while striking out 20 and walking one.

Fiers faces the Phillies for the first time since 2013. He was 0-2 with a 12.15 ERA over 6 2/3 innings in two career starts.

Aaron Nola misses a chance to face fellow LSU alumni Alex Bregman but gets a start on Wednesday. Nola has a slow start in 2017, but he was 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA in four starts during the month of July.

Nola has three main pitches, fastball, curveball, and change. All three pitches have a plus value (5.3 wFB, 4.9 wCB, and 3.1 wCH). The fastball velocity averages 92-93, changed around 84, and 77 with the curveball.

No current Astros had career at-bat against the Nola.