Colby Lewis (5-0, 3.09 ERA) and Mike Fiers (3-3, 4.84 ERA) start in the first of a four-game series between the Texas Rangers (34-22) and the Houston Astros (28-30) at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Action begins at 8:05 p.m. ET on Monday, Jun. 6 and can be seen on RTSW and FSSW.
Lewis pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering zero runs, striking out two and walking two in a 7-3 win over the Indians. Nomar Mazara (.304, 25 Rs, 10 HRs, 27 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Fiers went 6.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out seven and walking two in a 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks in his most recent start. Jose Altuve (.330, 44 Rs, 9 HRs, 31 RBIs, 16 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
The odds for Texas and Houston are Rangers -110, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 9.5.
The Rangers have dominated the season series, 6-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - TEX
The Rangers hold an 18-10 record in matchups against AL West rivals, while the Astros currently sit at 9-13 in these games.
The Rangers are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Astros have a 3-13 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the Astros are 6-25. The Rangers have a 10-17 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 18th in home runs, Texas has hit 60 this season. Houston ranks eighth with 73 home runs.
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.
Texas and Houston both rank in the top half of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Texas sits at 12th with an OPS of .742, and Houston ranks 15th with an OPS of .729.
When the Astros allow at least one home run, they are 19-21. When the Rangers allow one or more homers, they have a 21-20 record.