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GameThread No.97: Detroit Tigers at Houston Astros, July 14, 2018 3:10 PM CDT

Join the conversation as 2018 American League All Star Gerrit Cole and the Houston Astros look to take this series from the Detroit Tigers.

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Houston Astros (63-34) vs. Detroit Tigers (40-56), July 14, 2018, 3:10 PM CDT

TV: AT&T SportsNet-SW, MLB Network (out-of-market only)

Radio: KBME 790, La Ranchera 850 AM

Online: MLB.TV

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Pitching Matchup

RHP Gerrit Cole (9-2, 2.57 ERA, 169 SO) vs. RHP Michael Fulmer (3-8, 4.11 ERA, 91 SO)

Putting things in perspective: Gerrit Cole already has racked up 169 strikeouts in 19 starts so far this season, good for an average of 8.89 strikeouts per start. Last season, the strikeout leader Chris Sale finished the season with 308 strikeouts in 32 starts for an average of 9.62 strikeouts per start.

If Cole continues on the same pace for the rest of the year (for 32 total starts), he'll finish with 285 strikeouts in 2018. This would've been the 2nd highest total in the MLB last season by a sizable margin (Max Scherzer finished with 268).

Today's Lineups

Detroit Tigers Houston Astros
JaCoby Jones - CF George Springer - CF
Niko Goodrum - 2B Alex Bregman - 3B
Nick Castellanos - RF Jose Altuve - 2B
Jim Adduci - 1B Yuli Gurriel - 1B
Victor Martinez - DH Josh Reddick - RF
James McCann - C Evan Gattis - DH
Jeimer Candelario - 3B Marwin Gonzalez - SS
Jose Iglesias - SS Kyle Tucker - LF
Victor Reyes - LF Tim Federowicz - C
Michael Fulmer - RHP Gerrit Cole - RHP