Houston Astros (95-59 SU, 81-73 RL, 75-70-9 O/U) vs Texas Rangers (76-78 SU, 86-68 RL, 70-78-6 O/U)
When: 8:05 PM EDT, Monday, September 25, 2017
Where: Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas
Lines: Houston -124/Texas +114
American League West MLB action this evening and the Houston Astros will square off with the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas in game one of their three-game series. Pitching Probables: Collin McHugh (3-2, 3.44 ERA) gets the nod for the Astros in this one and the Rangers will counter with Andrew Cashner (10-10, 3.44 ERA).
The Pitching Has Been Dominant Of Late
The Houston Astros have had the best record in the American League for much of the year, but the Indians really got hot and the Astros had a stretch of mediocre play and now they have the 2nd best record in the American League. The Astros are playing really well at the moment as they have won eight of their last nine games and it really has been their pitching that has led them over that stretch as they have allowed just 2.22 rpg over the nine-game stretch. They will need that pitching in the postseason, especially against either Cleveland, Boston or the Yankees. This is a well-rounded team with good offense, good starting pitching, and a solid bullpen. They will be fun to watch in the postseason. The Astros have gone 47-27 on the road for the year and they have averaged 5.97 rpg and have allowed 4.77 rpg in those games. Taking the hill for the Astros in this one will be Collin McHugh and he has gone 3-2 with a 3.44 ERA in 10 starts on the year, including 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA in his last three starts and 1-2 with a 5.28 ERa in six starts here at home. McHugh has gone 14-6 with a 4.38 ERA in 28 games (24 starts) in Sept/ Oct in his career, while against the Rangers he has gone 4-1 with a 4.71 ERA in eight starts, including 1-1 with a 7.64 ERA in four starts here at Globe Life Park.
Houston has been a strong offensive team this year so far as they come in ranked 1st in the league in scoring, putting up 5.40 rpg, while also ranking 1st in hitting at .280 and 3rd in homers with 225. On the mound, they have been solid so far as they come in ranked 11th in the league in ERA at 4.17, while also ranking 8th in WHIP at 1.27.
The Rangers May Be Out Of Gas
The Texas Rangers are not playing well at the moment and have fallen to 4.5 games out of the 2nd wildcard slot in the American League. On Saturday, they fell 1-0 at Oakland and have now gone just 4-7 in their last 11 games. They may be running out of gas and with just six games left after this one, it looks as if they will come up short in their bid for a postseason berth. The offense has been very good all year, but it has really struggled of late as they have averaged just 3.10 rpg in their last 10 games, and must now face a red-hot Houston staff and they will need their offense to perk up as the Astros have averaged nearly 6.0 rpg on the road this year. Texas has gone 39-35 here at home for the year and have averaged 5.76 rpg and have allowed 5.19 rpg in those games. The Rangers will be sending out Andrew Cashner in this one and he has gone 10-10 with a 3.44 ERA in 26 starts on the year, including 1-1 with a 4.67 ERA in his last three starts and 4-4 with a 2.71 ERA in 12 starts here at home. Cashner has gone 10-9 with a 4.13 ERA in 47 games (26 starts) in Sept/ Oct and he has gone 3-6 with a 4.02 ERA in 15 games (seven starts) in his career against the Astros.
The Rangers have been a solid offensive team so far as they come in ranked 5th in the league in scoring, putting up 5.03 rpg, while also ranking 25th in hitting at .245 and 2nd in homers with 228. On the mound, they have been a bit below average so far as they come in ranked 20th in the league in ERA at 4.57, while also ranking 21st in WHIP at 1.39.
- 35-17 in their last 52 road games vs. a right-handed starter
- 31-6 in McHughs last 37 starts vs. the American League West
- 3-7 in their last 10 games vs. a right-handed starter
- 1-6 in their last seven home games vs. a right-handed starter
The Houston Astros are still looking for homefield advantage in the postseason, while the Rangers are looking to stay alive for a wildcard berth. The Rangers are not playing well right now and have really struggled on offense, which is not good news for them as the Astros have allowed just 2.22 rpg in their last nine games. Houston has been strong on offense all year and Cashner has gone 3-6 with a 4.02 ERA in his career against them. McHugh has a 4.71 ERA in his career against the Rangers, but he is 4-1 in those games and the Rangers have not been hitting of late. Houston is hot and they still have plenty to play for, while the Rangers are out of gas. Look for Houston to grab a big win in this one.