In the first of a three-game series between the Houston Astros (75-68) and the Texas Rangers (85-59) at Minute Maid Park, Doug Fister (12-11, 4.14 ERA) and Martin Perez (10-10, 4.25 ERA) get the start. The game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Sep. 12 and will air on RTSW and FSSW.
In his last start, Fister pitched 4.1 innings, giving up six runs, striking out two and walking three in a 6-5 loss to the Indians. Jose Altuve (.340, 98 Rs, 23 HRs, 93 RBIs, 27 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Rangers were victorious the last time Perez pitched. He pitched well, going 6.0 innings, allowing four runs (two unearned), striking out three and walking two in a 10-7 victory over the Mariners. Adrian Beltre (.299, 82 Rs, 29 HRs, 96 RBIs, 1 SB) has been hitting the ball well for the Rangers, going 3 for 4 yesterday with two runs, two home runs, two RBIs, and one stolen base.
The Rangers sit at 40-24 against their divisional rivals, while the Astros are 32-25.
Houston has won 56% (37-29) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Texas has won 60% (42-28) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Rangers are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Astros have a 13-33 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rangers are 59-9. The Astros have a 54-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 12th, Houston is in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 654 this season. Texas ranks in the top five with 697.
Ranking 14th, Houston is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.745). Texas ranks in the top 10 at seventh with an OPS of .765.
The Rangers are 51-49 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Astros are 47-47 when they allow at least one homer.