Dallas Keuchel (7-11, 4.56 ERA) and Jaime Garcia (9-8, 3.93 ERA) take the hill in the first of a two-game series between the Houston Astros (61-57) and the St. Louis Cardinals (62-56) at Minute Maid Park. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 16 and can be seen on RTSW and FSMW.
Keuchel pitched 9.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering zero runs, striking out seven and walking two in a 5-0 win over the Rangers. Carlos Correa (.277, 59 Rs, 18 HRs, 82 RBIs, 10 SBs) had another good game Sunday, going 3 for 4 with one run. Garcia went 8.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out four and walking one in a 3-2 win over the Reds in his last outing. Brandon Moss (.261, 49 Rs, 21 HRs, 50 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Cardinals, going 2 for 4 Sunday with one run, one home run, one RBI, and one stolen base.
When leading after seven innings, Houston is 30-23, while St. Louis is 29-24.
The Cardinals are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Astros have an 11-29 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the Astros are 9-50. The Cardinals have a 13-49 record when opponents outhit them.
Houston ranks in the top half of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 141 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top five at fourth with 162.
Ranking sixth, St. Louis is in the top 10 of the league in walks, notching 404 this season. Houston ranks in the top five with 419.
When the Astros hit at least one home run, they are 52-33. When the Cardinals hit at least one homer, they have a 50-35 record.