Derek Holland (7-7, 4.74 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (87-59) are in Houston to meet Joe Musgrove (2-4, 4.78 ERA) and the Astros (75-70) in a game that could have plenty of offense. This is the last of a three-game series at Minute Maid Park. The Rangers won the last game 3-2, and Texas leads the series 2-0. The game gets underway at 8:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Sep. 14 and will air on RTSW and FSSW.
In his most recent outing, Musgrove pitched 6.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out five and walking three in a 2-0 loss to the Cubs. Jose Altuve (.340, 99 Rs, 24 HRs, 94 RBIs, 27 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 3 for 4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Rangers were also unsuccessful the last time Holland pitched. He struggled, going 4.1 innings, allowing four runs, striking out five and walking three in a 6-3 loss to the Mariners. Adrian Beltre (.298, 83 Rs, 30 HRs, 97 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The Rangers sit at 42-24 against their divisional rivals, while the Astros are 32-27.
When leading after seven innings, Texas is 43-28, while Houston is 37-30.
The Rangers are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Astros have a 6-21 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Astros are 12-59. The Rangers have a 20-45 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 12th in home runs, Houston has hit 184 this season. Texas ranks sixth with 197 home runs.
Ranking 27th, Texas is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 398 this season. Houston ranks in the top five with 513.
When the Astros hit at least one home run, they are 65-43, well-matched with the Rangers who are 73-41 when hitting one or more homers.