The Kansas City Royals (47-101) bring a three-game winning streak into a contest versus the Houston Astros (83-65), at 7:10 PM ET on Saturday.

This contest's pitching matchup is set, as the Astros will send J.P. France (11-5) to the mound, while Cole Ragans (6-4) will answer the bell for the Royals.

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Astros vs. Royals Pitcher Matchup Info

  • Date: Saturday, September 16, 2023
  • Time: 7:10 PM ET
  • TV: BSKC
  • Location: Kansas City, Missouri
  • Venue: Kauffman Stadium
  • Live Stream: Watch this game on Fubo!
  • Probable Pitchers: France - HOU (11-5, 3.61 ERA) vs Ragans - KC (6-4, 3.13 ERA)

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Astros Probable Starting Pitcher Tonight: J.P. France

  • The Astros will hand the ball to France (11-5) for his 22nd start of the season.
  • The right-hander's last appearance was on Sunday, when he threw six innings against the San Diego Padres, giving up one earned run while allowing four hits.
  • The 28-year-old has pitched in 22 games this season with a 3.61 ERA and 6.8 strikeouts per nine innings with a batting average against of .258.
  • He has started 21 games this season, earning a quality start (6 or more IP, 3 or fewer ER) in 13 of them.
  • France has three starts in a row of five innings or more.
  • He has finished four appearances without allowing an earned run in 22 chances this season.

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Royals Probable Starting Pitcher Tonight: Cole Ragans

  • Ragans makes the start for the Royals, his 10th of the season. He is 6-4 with a 3.13 ERA and 93 strikeouts over 77 2/3 innings pitched.
  • The left-hander's last time out was on Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays, when he threw 5 2/3 innings, surrendering two earned runs while giving up only one hit.
  • During 26 games this season, the 25-year-old has a 3.13 ERA and 10.8 strikeouts per nine innings, while giving up a batting average of .206 to opposing hitters.
  • Ragans is trying to pick up his seventh quality start of the season.
  • Ragans is trying for his 10th straight outing lasting five or more innings. He averages three innings per start.
  • He has had 15 appearances this season in which he did not allow an earned run.

Cole Ragans vs. Astros

  • The opposing Astros offense has a collective .259 batting average, and is fourth in the league with 1319 total hits and fifth in MLB play with 760 runs scored. They have the sixth-ranked slugging percentage (.435) and are eighth in all of MLB with 202 home runs.
  • Ragans has thrown four innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits while striking out three against the Astros this season.

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