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Game No. 89 Preview: Houston Astros vs. Toronto Blue Jays

Can Houston get their 60th win before the break?

Houston Astros v Toronto Blue Jays Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

Houston Astros (59-29) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (41-46), July 9, 2017, 12:07 p.m. CT

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

RHP Brad Peacock (6-1, 2.91 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, .308 BABIP, 3.58 xFIP) vs. LHP J.A. Happ (3-5, 3.47 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, .282 BABIP, 3.57 xFIP)


Brad Peacock has found a second life as a starter since being reinserted into the rotation. He is 4-1 with a 3.66 ERA in eight starts this season. He was 3-1 with a 3.33 ERA in five starts during June, he enters the game with a quality start (6 IP, 3 ER) against the Braves on July 4.

Peacock is 1-0 with 6.35 ERA in one career start against the Blue Jays. That start came in 2013. Josh Donaldson, Kendrys Morales and Justin Smoak have 10-plus career at-bats against Peacock. Donaldson is 4-for-13 with a home run and five walks. Morales is 3-for-13 with three walks. Smoak is 3-for-10 with three walks.

Former J.A. Happ returned from the DL on May 30, he has been rolling. He was 2-2 with a 3.19 ERA in five starts during the month of June. He allowed one run on four hits over six innings in his most recent start, July 4 against the Yankees.

But Happ has struggled at home, he is 1-3 with a 4.15 ERA in five starts. Happ is 4-1 with a 3.21 ERA in seven career starts against the Astros. Carlos Beltran is 10-for-32 with three home runs against Happ.