Houston Astros (1-2) at Texas Rangers (2-2)
|Date & Time||Friday April 10, 2015, 4:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Texas Rangers -118 / Houston Astros +108 --- Over/Under: 8.5
FSSW (Rangers) / ROOT Sports (Houston)
The Houston Astros and Texas Rangers will face off this Friday afternoon in the first game of this series at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
The Houston Astros dropped their first series of the season, losing 5-1 to the Cleveland Indians this Thursday afternoon. The Astros had trouble with the bats and if it wasn’t for Jed Lowrie’s solo blast in the bottom of the 9th, Houston would have been no-hit by the Indians. Houston once again had all sorts of trouble making contact against the Indians pitching staff as they struck out 16 times in this contest. Outside of the lone hit by Jed Lowrie, George Springer and Hank Conger were able to get on base twice by virtue of the walk in the loss. Asher Wojciechowski struggled in his major league debut as he only went 4.0 IP giving up 4 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks while giving up 2 home runs. Samuel Deduno pitched well in relief giving up only 2 hits and 1 run over 4 innings pitched.
The Texas Rangers was able to split their four game series with the Oakland Athletics after defeating the Athletics 10-1 this past Thursday afternoon. The Rangers hat the bats going early in this contest as they were able to score eight runs in the first 4 innings and finished the game with 10 runs on 12 hits. Leading the way for Texas was Shin-Soo Choo (2-5, 2R, 3 RBI’s, 1 HR) and Ryan Rua (3- 5, 1 2B, 1 R). Texas was struggling throughout the entire series on the offensive end, getting only a combined three runs in their first three games, but was able to rough up Oakland’s starter Kendall Graveman (3.1 IP, 8 R, 7 ER, 7 Hits) in the victory. Nick Martinez pitched an impressive game for the Rangers as he went 7 innings while giving up no runs on just 4 hits and 2 walks.
The Astros are 8-1 in their last 9 after allowing 5 runs or more in their previous game and 3-7 in their last 10 games following a loss. The Rangers are 5-1 in their last 6 home games vs. a right-handed starter and 10-4 in their last 14 games following a win.
Collin McHugh will take the mound for the Astros and is coming off a season in which he went 11-9 with a 2.73 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 25 games started. McHugh made a career transformation with the Astros last year as prior to his breakout year last year, he had a career ERA of over 9 in his stints with the Colorado Rockies and New York Mets. Texas will open the series with Derek Holland who spent most of the 2014 season and made his first start of the season in early September.
Both of these teams will be trying to stay out of the basement of the AL West however, as I mentioned yesterday, I will not trust the Astros until I can see that they can put some hits together or at least put some contact on the ball. I think Holland will have a solid start to his season and that Texas takes the first game in the Lone Star Series.