Texas Rangers at Houston Astros
|Date & Time||Friday July 19, 2019, 8:10 PM (EDT)|
Minute Maid Park
Houston Astros -215 / Texas Rangers +195 O/U: 8.5
The Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros will meet up on the MLB diamond Friday to kick off their series.
Texas played a pair versus the Diamondbacks this week. The Rangers dropped both those games, falling 9-2 Tuesday and getting blown out 19-4 Wednesday.
For Friday’s game, the Rangers will be sending out Mike Minor for the start. Across 122.0 innings and an 8-4 mark so far, Minor has a 2.73 ERA with 121 Ks and 44 BBs.
Over on the Astros’ side, they just finished against the Angels. Houston fell in the first two games of that set, but won 11-2 on Wednesday. In the Thursday finale, the Astros managed a 6-2 win.
For Friday’s matchup, the Astros are going with Justin Verlander for the start. Over 132.2 innings and a 11-4 mark so far, Verlander has a 2.98 ERA with 160 strikeouts and 28 walks.
The Rangers are 3-8 in their last 11 after an off day and 1-4 in their last five road games. Texas is 0-4 in their last four overall and 4-1 in Minor’s last five road starts.
Meanwhile, the Astros are 4-0 in their last four home games after a road trip of a week or more and 5-1 in Verlander’s last six Friday starts. Houston is 46-21 in Verlander’s last 67 starts and 9-4 in his last 13 home starts.
Minor had a nice run going in June, with four straight quality starts and a three-game winning streak. Since then, he’s given up seven earned in 9.1 innings over two outings (the most recent being against Houston).
As for Verlander, he had a couple stumbles in late June/early July but had a nice quality start his last time up with two earned in 6.0 innings.
Even if Verlander is just “okay” here, I think the Astros are in full control.