In the last of a four-game series between the Texas Rangers (36-23) and the Houston Astros (29-32) at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Martin Perez (4-4, 3.24 ERA) and Collin McHugh (5-4, 4.97 ERA) take the mound. The Astros won the last game 3-1, and Texas leads the series 2-1. The game starts at 2:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jun. 9 and will air on RTSW and FSSW.
In his most recent outing, Perez pitched 6.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out one and walking one in a 10-4 victory over the Mariners. Nomar Mazara (.321, 27 Rs, 10 HRs, 27 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4. The Astros were victorious over the Athletics 6-5 the last time McHugh pitched. He went 5.1 innings, giving up four runs, striking out five and walking three. Jose Altuve (.336, 45 Rs, 10 HRs, 36 RBIs, 18 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Astros, going 2 for 3 yesterday with two RBIs.
The Astros are a -115 favorite with a total of 9.5.
Pick - Tex
The Rangers hold a 20-11 record in matchups against AL West rivals, while the Astros currently sit at 10-15 in these games.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Rangers are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Astros have a 5-0 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they are outhit, the Astros are 7-27. The Rangers have a 10-17 record when opponents outhit them.
Texas ranks in the bottom half of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 63 this season. Houston ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 76.
Ranking 25th, Texas is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 150 this season. Houston ranks in the top five at third with 234.
When the Rangers hit at least one home run, they are 28-13. When the Astros hit at least one homer, they have a 25-22 record.