Scott Feldman (2-2, 4.31 ERA) and the Houston Astros (18-8) meet Wandy Rodriguez (0-1, 4.82 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (9-16) in the second of a three-game division series at Minute Maid Park. The Rangers won the last game 2-1 and Texas leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 5 and will air on FSN-SW and ROOT-SW.
Feldman is 3-2 with a 2.96 ERA against the Rangers in his career, and is up against a struggling Texas offense that's hitting just .216 on the year. Jose Altuve (.360, 16 Rs, 3 HRs, 19 RBIs, 10 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run and one stolen base. In his pitching opportunities against the Astros, Rodriguez is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA, 12 strikeouts and six walks. Prince Fielder (.354, 10 Rs, 2 HRs, 11 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Houston, a -153 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Texas. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is eight runs. The Astros perform well as a favorite with a 5-3 record and have an overall money line of +1,344. During their last 10 games, they have managed perfect records both as the favorite (1-0) and SU. Houston has averaged 7.6 runs per game over the last 10 games, higher than its season average of 5.0. The Astros have one of the most prolific offenses in the entire AL, averaging 5.0 runs per game. The Astros lead the majors in home runs with 40. They have been a terror on the base paths, leading all of baseball with 33 steals. Houston's pitching staff can be considered one of the best in the AL. The Astros have a team ERA of 3.12, one of the lowest in their league. The Astros lead the league in WHIP at 1.06.
Switching gears, the Rangers come into this game with a weak win percentage of .333 when playing as the underdog (7-14) and an overall money line of -593. They have played poorly as the underdog as of late. They managed a 2-7 record when playing as the underdog and an SU record of 2-8.
This game will feature Rodriguez (LHP) on the mound against the Astros, who have a 5-1 home and 8-2 overall record when they take on a left-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Rangers will be the right-hander Feldman. Right-handed starters have been a big issue for them as they sport a 5-9 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU, O/U - Over
The Astros sit at 14-6 against the division, while the Rangers are struggling at 8-15.
Texas has won 27% (4-11) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Houston has won 75% (9-3) of its games when taking a late lead.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Astros are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Rangers have a 5-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Rangers are 3-12. The Astros have a 4-4 record when opponents outhit them.
Houston ranks at the top of the league when it comes to home runs with 40 this season. Texas ranks near the bottom at 23rd with 17.
Ranking 15th, Texas is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.33 per game. Houston ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 8.52.
Ranking 26th, Texas is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.636). Houston ranks in the top 10 at sixth with an OPS of .758.
When the Rangers allow at least one home run, they are 3-12. When the Astros allow one or more homers, they have a 5-5 record.