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Game 5 Preview: Houston Astros At Kansas City Royals

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Johnny Cueto celebrates the final out of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. The Royals defeated the Tigers 4-0. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Johnny Cueto will  take the start in Game 5.  (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

The Kansas City Royals have overcome several deficits in this ALDS against the Houston Astros and they are hoping they have one more left to help them take the victory in Game 5 and advance to the the ALCS. The winner of this game will face the winner of the Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays Game 5 that will be played earlier in the day.

The Matchup:

With Dallas Keuchel already being used in the postseason on short rest, the Houston Astros will turn to RHP Collin McHugh who will make his second postseason appearance after pitching a solid Game 1 just last week. In his last start he went six innings, allowing two runs off of four hits; walking just one. He has success in the past against the Royals with a career ERA under 2.00 against the AL Central winners. Watch for Lorenzo Cain, Alex Gordon, Salvador Perez and Ben Zobrist to have solid at-bats against the righty like they have in the past.

RHP Johnny Cueto who was acquired from the Reds this summer will make his second appearance this postseason after his shaky start in Game 2. The Royals need him to start off where he left off in his last start when he became dominant against the Astros after struggling the first few innings. Carlos Gomez who had a homer in Game 4, could try and press his luck again by crushing a homer in Game 5; he has a career .333 average against Cueto on 12 career at-bats.

Bethany Cohen
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