In the first of a three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays (50-69) and the Texas Rangers (72-50) at Tropicana Field, Matt Andriese (6-4, 3.36 ERA) and Cole Hamels (12-4, 2.88 ERA) get the start. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 19 and will air on FSSW and SUN.
In his most recent outing, Andriese pitched 5.0 innings, giving up six runs and striking out eight in an 8-4 loss to the Yankees. Brad Miller (.265, 58 Rs, 25 HRs, 57 RBIs, 6 SBs) continued his strong season Wednesday, going 3 for 4 with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. The Rangers were unsuccessful against the Tigers 2-0 the last time Hamels pitched. He went 7.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out five and walking three.
After last game's shutout win against San Diego, the Rays now have seven shutouts this season. The Rangers have been shut out in seven games this season.
The Rays are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Rangers have a 22-14 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Rays are 10-52. The Rangers have a 19-37 record when opponents outhit them.
Texas ranks in the top 10 of the league at ninth when it comes to home runs, hitting 154 this season. Tampa Bay ranks in the top five with 160.
Ranking 27th, Texas is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 321 this season. Tampa Bay ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 356.
When the Rays hit at least one home run, they are 43-42. When the Rangers hit at least one homer, they have a 59-33 record.