Preview: Astros Face Braves After Announcement Of New Owner

By ROBERT HENSLEE

The Astros, buoyed by today’s announcement that the team is being sold to Houston businessman Jim Crane, hope to avoid a low water mark for the season as they open a two game series in Atlanta. They need a win tonight to avoid slipping to a season-worst 11 games under .500.

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Brett Myers (1-3, 5.01 ERA) will try to right their ship as he starts the opening game. Myers was a model of consistency in 2010 with 14 wins and 24 quality starts. But he hasn’t found his groove yet this season. The 30-year-old right hander has given up 21 runs in his last four appearances, failing to register a quality start since April 17.

Tommy Hanson (4-3, 2.51 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Braves. The up-and-coming young ace is 3-0 in his last four starts, and has given up just 15 hits and four runs in those appearances. The 24-year-old right hander has been even better in three career starts against the Astros. He is 1-0 with a 0.78 ERA in those starts.

Atlanta comes into the series having won three of its last four games and three and a half games behind the Phillies in the NL East. The Astros have lost six of eight and sit in last place in the NL Central.

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