Yovani Gallardo (0-1, 9.00 ERA) and Roberto Hernandez (8-11, 4.10 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Texas Rangers (2-3) and the Houston Astros (2-2) at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Astros won the last game 5-1 and Houston leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 11 and can be seen on ROOT-SW and FSN-SW.
Gallardo is 13-3 with a 2.69 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 100 strikeouts against the Astros. Prince Fielder (.421 ) had a good game yesterday, going 3 for 4. Against the Rangers, Hernandez is 2-9 with a 5.47 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, and 45 strikeouts. Jed Lowrie (.308 ) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Texas is a -143 favorite against Houston and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs.
The Astros are an excellent base stealing team with five stolen bases, ranking third in the MLB.
The Astros have the edge in the season series, 1-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU, O/U - Over
While the Astros have never recorded more than a single error in a game this season, the Rangers just recorded their second instance of two or more errors following their latest outing.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Rangers are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Astros have a 2-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When outhit, both the Rangers and the Astros have records of 0-3.
Both falling in the top 10 of the league based on total home runs this season, Texas ranks sixth with four homers and Houston is ninth with three.
Ranking 15th, Houston is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 2.67 per game. Texas ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 6.00.
Texas and Houston both rank near the bottom of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Texas sits at 22nd with an OPS of .541 and Houston ranks 25th with an OPS of .499.
The Astros are 0-2 when they allow at least one home run. Texas has the same record when allowing one or more homers.