Astros, Red Sox offer possible look into future

THE FIELD … ON THE FIELD … ON THE FIELD by Brandon C. Williams

Today, Wednesday:
Tonight’s finale of the three-game series against Texas Rangers will see the Astros handing Brad Peacock the ball when first pitch commences at 7:05pm. Peacock lost his previous start when he allowed four runs on seven hits over three innings in last Friday’s setback to Los Angeles Angels, dropping his record to 3-1 on the season with an ERA of 3.15. The Rangers will counter with Andrew Cashner, who is 3-5 this year with a 3.17 ERA after he allowed just one run over seven innings in Texas’ win at Washington Nationals this past Friday. The game will be televised live on Root Sports.

Tomorrow, Thursday:
Today marks the final day of mandatory minicamp for the Texans, completing the three-day session before players get time off prior to the start of training camp next month. While the team will have some open practices in Houston in August, the franchise will hold training camp out of town for the first time in franchise history when they travel to The Greenbriar in Sulphur Springs, WV.
A key factor in going away from Houston for camp is that average August temperatures in Sulphur Springs is 82 degrees, a stark contrast to the 94-degree average in Houston during both July and August. The Texans will announce in the near future as to when local area fans can see Texas City native D’Onta Foreman in his first training camp with the franchise once the team returns home.

In what could be a potential playoff matchup in October, Boston Red Sox visit Minute Maid for a the first of a weekend set beginning at 7:05pm. Houston will put Mike Fiers on the mound after he had his best outing of the season this past Saturday when he allowed an unearned run on two hits over 7.1 innings in a win over the Angels. Fiers is now 4-2 with a 4.29 ERA this season and will be countered by Drew Pomeranz, who is 6-4 with a 4.48 ERA after giving up five earned runs in 4.1 innings in this past Sunday night’s loss to Detroit Tigers. The game will be televised live on Root Sports.

As part of their Father’s Day Weekend promotion, the Astros will hand out gym bags presented by Houston Methodist to the first 10,000 fans for the 7:05pm contest against the Red Sox. While Boston is scheduled to pitch Rick Porcello, the reigning American League Cy Young award winner who has a 3-8 record this season, Houston has not given an indication as to who will get the start for them. Rookie David Paulino is scheduled, yet the team may bring back ace hurler Dallas Keuchel, who is currently on the disabled list with a neck injury. If Keuchel isn’t ready to pitch, the Astros may also consider bringing back Charlie Morton off the DL. The game will be televised on Root Sports.

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