It hasn't been a very good season for the Houston Astros, but when they have been at their absolute worst is away from Minute Maid Park. The Astros are 9-35 on the road and have tied a franchise record with 13 straight road losses.
If there was ever a pitcher they could break that stretch against, it would be Kip Wells (1-2, 2.50 ERA). The 35-year old right-hander has never had much success against Houston, sporting a career record against the Astros of 4-10 with a 5.26 ERA. While many of the faces are new, the Astros hope the results will be the same.
On the hill for Houston is J.A. Happ (6-9, 5.14 ERA), who will try to take advantage of the pitcher's paradise known as Petco Park. Happ's ERA on the road is 6.82.
First pitch is scheduled for 9:00 CT and can be seen on Fox Sports Houston.
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