Kevin Chapman to be guest on Astroline tomorrow

Left-handed reliever Kevin Chapman joins radio broadcaster Steve Sparks tomorrow at Pluckers Wing Bar

HOUSTON, TX - Astros left-handed reliever Kevin Chapman will be the guest on Astroline tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m. CT at Pluckers Wing Bar for the sixth installment of the offseason radio program. Astros radio color commentator and former Major League pitcher Steve Sparks will serve as the host.

Tomorrow's Astroline, which is presented by Karbach Brewing Co., will air on KBME SportsTalk 790 AM and will stream online at Astros.com/Astroline. All shows are scheduled to broadcast on KBME SportsTalk 790, but are subject to change due to scheduling conflicts. Astroline broadcasts live, weekly from 7-8 p.m. CT during the offseason.  

For the second consecutive season, Astroline airs from Pluckers Wing Bar, which is located at 1400 Shepherd Dr., Houston, Texas, 77007. Pluckers Wing Bar is entering its second year of business in Houston after officially opening to the public in November 2013. Astroline runs through March (16 segments) with the next seven at Pluckers, which will be open to all Astros fans with no admission charge.

Fans can submit questions to the show via Twitter using the hashtag #Astroline, before and during the show. Fans may also post questions on the Astros Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Astros. As always, fans will also have the option to call the show with questions at 713-212-5790. 

Chapman, 26, made the Astros Opening Day roster for the first time in 2014 and has made 46 relief appearances for Houston over the past two seasons, posting a career 3-1 record with a 3.24 ERA (15 ER/41.2 IP). Since 2013, the lefty has split time between Houston and Triple A Oklahoma City, and was dominant in his 88 games at OKC posting a 2.28 ERA (24 ER/94.2 IP) with 125 strikeouts. Chapman made his Major League debut for Houston in 2013 posting a 1-1 record with one save and a 1.77 ERA (4 ER/20.1 IP) in 25 games. He only allowed a .183 (13x71) opponents' average in his 25 appearances. The Astros acquired Chapman via trade from the Kansas City Royals on March 20, 2012.

Sparks enters his third season as the Astros radio color commentator after being named to the post on Feb. 13, 2013. Prior to joining the Astros radio broadcast team, Sparks served as a pre- and postgame analyst for Astros television games over several seasons following a 17-year playing career. A knuckleballer in his playing days, Sparks pitched in the Major Leagues in parts of nine seasons (1995-2004) for the Brewers, Angels, Tigers, A's and Diamondbacks. His best season came in 2001 for Detroit when he went 14-9 with a 3.65 ERA and a Major League-best eight complete games while tallying 232.0 innings pitched. 

*Media Note- Media wishing to interview Kevin Chapman are asked to arrive by 6:45 p.m.

Astroline preliminary schedule (subject to change).

Day   Date   Station
Tue.    Jan. 13     KBME
Thu.    Jan. 22    KBME
Thu.    Jan. 29    KBME
Thu.   Feb. 5     KBME
Thu.   Feb. 12     KBME
Thu.    Feb. 19     KBME
Thu.    Feb. 26     KBME
Thu.   Mar. 5    KBME
Tues.   Mar. 10    KBME
Wed.   Mar. 18     KBME
Thu.   Mar. 26     KBME


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