Derek Holland (2-0, 1.46 ERA) and Collin McHugh (11-9, 2.73 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Texas Rangers (2-2) and the Houston Astros (1-2) at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Action begins at 4:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Apr. 10 and can be seen on ROOT-SW and FSN-SW.
Holland is 3-1 with a 3.52 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 36 strikeouts against the Astros. Shin-Soo Choo (.250 ) kept up his hot start yesterday, going 2 for 5 with two runs, one home run, and three RBIs. When pitching against the Rangers, McHugh is 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and six strikeouts. Jed Lowrie (.333 ) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Texas is a -120 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 four stolen bases, ranking third in the MLB. Houston's pitching staff is one of the top in the AL, with a 1.00 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Astros are fifth in the AL with an average of 5.0 hits allowed per game.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU, O/U - Over
Houston has lost all of its games (0-1) when leading after 7 innings. However, Texas has won 33% (1-2) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Rangers and the Astros are both 0-2 when they are outhit.
Ranking 26th in runs, Houston has earned three this season. Texas ranks ninth with 13 runs.
Ranking 22nd, Texas is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching five this season. Houston ranks in the top five at third with 12.
When the Rangers hit at least one home run, they are 1-0. When the Astros hit at least one homer, they have a 0-1 record.