Cole Hamels (5-1, 3.39 ERA) and Dallas Keuchel (3-7, 5.50 ERA) start in the second of a four-game series between the Texas Rangers (35-22) and the Houston Astros (28-31) at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Rangers won the last game 6-5, and Texas leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 7 and can be seen on RTSW and FSSW.
Hamels pitched 7.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs, striking out five and walking three in a 5-4 defeat to the Indians. Nomar Mazara (.319, 27 Rs, 10 HRs, 27 RBIs) had another good game yesterday, going 4 for 4 with two runs. Keuchel went 6.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out six and walking one in a 3-0 defeat to the Diamondbacks in his last outing. Jose Altuve (.336, 45 Rs, 10 HRs, 34 RBIs, 17 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Astros, going 3 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, three RBIs, and one stolen base.
The odds for Texas and Houston are Rangers -105, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 9 as of now.
The Rangers have dominated the season series, 7-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - TEX
The Rangers hold a 19-10 record against the AL West Division this season, while the Astros have a 9-14 record against the division.
Texas recorded at least two errors for the fifth time this season.
The Texas batters brought in a solid 12 hits last game. Houston has a record of 3-15 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
When they are outhit, the Astros are 6-26. 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 61 this season. Houston ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 74.
Ranking 20th, Houston is in the bottom half of the league in hits, notching 8.19 per game. Texas ranks in the top 10 with 8.93.
Ranking 16th, Houston is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.727). Texas ranks in the top half at 12th with an OPS of .743.
When the Astros allow at least one home run, they are 19-22. When the Rangers allow one or more homers, they have a 22-20 record.