Samuel Deduno (0-0, 2.70 ERA) and Colby Lewis (1-2, 3.00 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Houston Astros (18-9) and the Texas Rangers (10-16) at Minute Maid Park. The Rangers won the last game 7-1 and Texas leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 6 and can be seen on FSN-SW and ROOT-SW.
Deduno is 0-1 with a 7.56 ERA in his appearances against the Rangers, but goes up against a below-average Texas offense which is batting just .220 this season. Lewis is 5-1 with a 1.95 ERA when pitching against the Astros. He is up against a below-average Houston offense which is hitting just .239 this season. Elvis Andrus (.240, 11 Rs, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, 4 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 3 yesterday with two runs and one stolen base.
Houston is a -126 favorite against Texas and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at nine runs. The Astros have an overall money line of +1,148 and a record as the favorite of 5-4. Houston has had an impressive season against division opponents, earning 4-3 and 14-6 records as the favorite and SU respectively. The Astros have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 7.2 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.8 runs per game. The Astros have no trouble scoring as they rank fifth in the AL in offense with 4.8 runs per game. The Astros are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 92. Houston leads the MLB in steals, swiping 33 bases. As for the pitchers, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Astros, who have a team ERA of only 3.08. The Astros are the top team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.07 so far this season.
Over in the other dugout, Texas is coming in with an overall money line of -408 and a disappointing record of 8-14 as the underdog. They have played poorly as the underdog with a 7-13 record against fellow AL West members, and a 3-7 record SU.
The Rangers lead the season series, 3-2. The Astros have a great 10-5 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Lewis takes the mound. Deduno (RHP) will be on the hill against the Rangers, who have a inferior 5-9 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU, O/U - Over
The Astros sit at 14-7 against the division, while the Rangers are struggling at 9-15.
When the Astros play into extra innings, they have a 3-0 record. The Rangers are 2-1 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Rangers are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Astros have a 1-2 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Rangers are 3-12. The Astros have a 4-5 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 21st in home runs, Texas has hit 19 this season. Houston ranks second with 41 home runs.
Ranking 15th, Texas is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.32 per game. Houston ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 8.35.
Ranking 25th, Texas is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.647). Houston ranks in the top 10 at seventh with an OPS of .745.
When the Rangers allow at least one home run, they are 4-12. When the Astros allow one or more homers, they have a 5-6 record.