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Game No. 161 Preview: Houston Astros at Boston Red Sox

Can the Astros catch the Indians? Probably not. But it’s worth a try.

MLB: Houston Astros at Boston Red Sox Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros (100-60) vs. Boston Red Sox (76-83), Sept. 30, 2017, 6:10 PM CT

Radio: KBME 790 AM, La Nueva 94.1 FM
Online: MLB.TV, Fox Sports Go
Red Sox SBNation Blog: Over the Monster

Pitching Matchup

RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (7-3, 4.01 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, .325 BABIP, 3.19 xFIP) vs. LHP Drew Pomeranz (16-6, 3.38 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, .314 BABIP, 4.15 xFIP)


The Astros are keeping 100 now. Well, they probably don’t want to keep it 100 and winning two more games against the Red Sox would be nice. Houston could also make a statement against their possible first-round opponent with a series victory.

The Astros will get one more dry run with Lance McCullers before deciding if he will be in the playoff rotation at least for the first series.

McCullers 0-0 with a 5.19 ERA in two starts during the month of September, he has allowed five earned runs over 8 2/3 innings. McCullers had been dealing with arm fatigue.

McCullers is 0-0 with a 4.91 ERA in three career starts against the Red Sox, he hasn’t faced Boston during 2017.

Xander Bogaerts is 3-for-9 against McCullers and Mookie Betts is 3-for-7 with two doubles. Mitch Moreland is 2-for-7 with a home run.

Drew Pomeranz is 2-2 with a 4.21 ERA in five starts during the month of September. He is coming off his worst start of the year, allowing five runs over two innings against the Blue Jays.

Pomeranz is 1-2 with a 4.09 ERA in 11 career games (six starts) against the Astros.

Jose Altuve is batting .429 (6x14) with a double against Pomeranz. Brian McCann is 2-for-9 with a home run.