Brett Oberholtzer to be Guest on Astroline Thursday

Astroline broadcasts live from Pluckers Wing Bar through February; returns to ESPN Club at Disney for Spring Training

HOUSTON, TX - Astros left-handed pitcher Brett Oberholtzer will be the guest on Astroline this Thursday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. CT at Pluckers Wing Bar for the ninth installment of the offseason radio program. Astros radio play-by-play commentator Robert Ford will serve as the host.

Thursday'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 is airing from Pluckers Wing Bar, which is located at 1400 Shepherd Dr., Houston, Texas, 77007. 

Starting March 5, Astroline will return to the ESPN Club Restaurant on Disney's BoardWalk for the final four broadcasts from Florida during Spring Training.  Astroline runs through March (16 segments overall). On-site locations for Astroline are open to the public 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. 

Oberholtzer, 25, pitched in a career-high 24 games (all starts) and posted a 4.39 ERA (70ER/143.2IP) in 2014. The south-paw's 1.75 walks per 9.0 innings ranked ninth among AL pitchers with at least 135.0 innings and ranked third among lefties, behind only LHP David Price (1.38) and LHP Wei-Yin Chen (1.70), in what was his second season in the Majors. Oberholtzer's career mark of 1.71 walks per 9.0 innings (41BB/215.1IP) currently ranks third in club history among pitchers with at least 200.0 innings, behind RHP Hal Brown (1.12) and RHP Wilton Lopez (1.57). In his rookie season, 2013, he became the first Astros rookie to throw two complete games in the same season since RHP Roy Oswalt tossed three in 2001.

Ford enters his third season as the Astros radio play-by-play commentator after being named to the post on Feb. 13, 2013. Prior to joining the Astros radio broadcast team, Ford spent four seasons as the pre-and postgame host for the Kansas City Royals radio broadcasts on 610 AM KCSP, the Royals flagship station. The 2001 graduate of Syracuse University spent seven years broadcasting minor league baseball, calling more than 800 games during his stints with the Binghamton Mets, Kalamazoo Kings and Yakima Bears. Ford was twice named Frontier League Broadcaster of the Year (2003 and 2004).

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

Astroline preliminary schedule (subject to change).

Day   Date   Station
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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