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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.
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.