In the last of a three-game series between the Texas Rangers (82-54) and the Houston Astros (71-64) at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Yu Darvish (5-3, 3.01 ERA) and Collin McHugh (9-10, 4.80 ERA) get the ball. The Rangers won the last game 12-4, extending a seven-game winning streak. The game gets underway at 3:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sep. 4 and will air on RTSW and FSSW.
In his most recent outing, Darvish pitched 6.2 innings, allowing three runs, striking out nine and walking two in a 6-3 victory over the Mariners. Carlos Beltran (.295, 64 Rs, 26 HRs, 80 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 3 with one run and two RBIs. The Astros were also victorious the last time McHugh pitched. He pitched well, going 6.0 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out five and walking one in a 3-1 victory over the Athletics. Jose Altuve (.348, 95 Rs, 22 HRs, 89 RBIs, 26 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
The Rangers hold a 37-19 record in matchups against AL West rivals, while the Astros currently sit at 31-25 in these games.
The Rangers are coming into this matchup after a high-scoring game where they scored a whopping 12 runs. The Astros have a 0-4 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
The Rangers are coming into the game with seven consecutive wins, while the Astros currently have a losing streak of two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rangers are 56-9. The Astros have a 52-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 14th, Houston sits in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 618 this season. Texas ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 657.
Ranking 14th, Houston is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.744). Texas ranks in the top 10 at ninth with an OPS of .763.
The Astros are 44-43 when they allow at least one home run. The Rangers perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 49-44 record.