A.J. Griffin (6-3, 4.39 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (80-54) meet Doug Fister (12-9, 3.60 ERA) and the Houston Astros (71-62) in the first of a three-game division series at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Rangers enter this series on a five-game winning streak. The game starts at 8:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 2 and will air on RTSW and FSSW.
In his most recent outing, Griffin pitched 6.0 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out six and walking one in a 7-0 victory over the Indians. Carlos Beltran (.293, 62 Rs, 25 HRs, 75 RBIs) played well again Wednesday, going 2 for 4 with two runs. The Astros were unsuccessful against the Rays 10-4 the last time Fister pitched. He went 4.1 innings, allowing four runs (two unearned), striking out one and walking one. Jose Altuve (.351, 94 Rs, 22 HRs, 89 RBIs, 26 SBs) went 1 for 4 Wednesday with one run and one RBI.
The Rangers sit at 35-19 against their divisional rivals, while the Astros are 31-23.
The Astros won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Rangers are 30-8. The Astros are 22-21 in close games this season.
The Rangers are coming into this matchup after a high-scoring game where they scored a whopping 14 runs. The Astros have a 0-2 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they are outhit, the Astros are 12-54. The Rangers have a 20-41 record when opponents outhit them.
Houston ranks in the top half of the league at 13th when it comes to home runs, hitting 165 this season. Texas ranks in the top 10 with 177.
Ranking 27th, Texas is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 355 this season. Houston ranks in the top five with 470.
The Rangers are 66-36 when they hit at least one home run. The Astros perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 61-36 record.