Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers Free Pick - 8/10/13
2013-08-10 06:10:00 EDT
The playoff hopeful Texas Rangers try to continue the momentum they found late at the Houston Astros Friday night when the two teams hook up again Saturday.
Texas destroyed Houston 9-5 scoring seven times the final three innings including four during the top of the eighth. The Rangers raced in runs via Adrian Beltre’s single, Jurickson Profar’s walk and Leonys Martin’s double. The Astros dropped in the first run of the evening off of Jason Castro’s bat.
Jeff Baker and Craig Gentry however gave Texas the lead 2-1 with outs during the fourth. Jose Altuve’s and Castro’s RBI-doubles during the home-half rocked Houston back in front. Brett Barmes’ home run added to the Astros’ advantage a frame later. Profar’s RBI-single however during the seventh brought the Rangers within a run. A.J. Pierzynski, David Murphy and Altuve drove in runs late.
Texas instills their trust next in Derek Holland (9-6, 3.02 ERA) on the hill. Holland is 1-2 in his last three decisions, but 7-1 on he road only losing 7-2 April 27 to the Minnesota Twins allowing four runs, three earned, during seven innings.
In Holland’s seven away wins the opposition has accounted for nine runs, five earned, during 51.1 frames. At Houston last year Holland gave up five runs during five innings in a 6-5 Rangers defeat.
The Astros combat with Brad Peacock (1-4, 7.25 ERA). In Peacock’s two Minute Maid Park appearances the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners tagged him with losses scoring two and seven runs during 4.1 frames apiece.
On Aug. 4 Peacock tossed brilliantly and was beaten 3-2 at Minnesota despite going seven strong. Texas may do the same with Houston striking for four runs or fewer seven of Peacock’s 10 outings this season.