The Houston Astros will be trying to increase their lead in the AL West when they take on the Texas Rangers in the first game of their three-game weekend series on Friday night. The game will be played at Minute Maid Park and is scheduled to begin at 8:10 PM. ET.
(This preview was written before Thursday’s game was played).
Rangers Trying To Snap Four-Game Losing Streak
The Rangers failed to take advantage of their six-game homestand, losing the last four of those games. They will be hitting the road for their next 10 games and will try to get the road trip off to a good start with a win over the Astros.
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— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) July 17, 2019
Offensively, Texas has played well this season. The team’s .251 batting average is 16th in the league. Their .326 on-base percentage is 13th, as is their .444 slugging percentage. The 515 runs they have scored is seventh in the league.
Elvis Andrus leads the Rangers with a .296 batting average. Joey Gallo leads the team with 22 homers, while Nomar Mazara leads with 51 RBI.
Texas’ pitching hasn’t been as good as the team’s offense. Opponents have a .271 batting average against the Rangers, which is 28th in the league. Their 5.03 ERA is 25th, while their 37 quality starts are 16th in the league.
In his last start, Minor gave up seven hits and four earned runs in five innings, leading to a 7-6 loss to the Astros. The team will need a better performance from him if they want to snap their losing streak on Friday.
Astros Going For Sixth Home Win In Seven Contests
The Astros struggled during their eight-game road trip and saw their lead in the AL West shrink to 4.5 games over the Oakland Athletics, who have won six straight and 14 of their last 17 games. With the team playing at home for their next six games, they will try to increase their division lead with a series win over the Rangers.
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— Houston Astros (@astros) July 18, 2019
Houston is one of the best offensive teams in the league. The team’s .270 batting average is second in the league. Their .346 on-base percentage is also second in the league, while their .471 slugging percentage is tied for second in the league. The 504 runs they have scored is ninth in the league.
Michael Brantley leads the Astros with a .324 batting average, while Alex Bregman leads the team with 24 homers and 60 RBI.
Houston also has one of the best pitching staffs in the league. Opponents have a .223 batting average against the Astros, which is first in the league. Their 3.94 ERA is sixth, while their 53 quality starts are third in the league.
In his last start, Verlander gave up four hits and two earned runs in six innings, helping the Astros get a 12-4 win over the Rangers. The team will need a similar performance to get the win on Friday.
- 1-4 in their last 5 road games.
- 0-4 in their last 4 overall.
- 1-4 in Minor’s last 5 starts vs. American League West.
- 8-3 in their last 11 home games vs. a team with a winning record.
- 13-3 in their last 16 home games vs. a left-handed starter.
- 11-4 in Verlander’s last 15 starts vs. a team with a winning record.