Dallas Keuchel (2-5, 5.43 ERA) and Cole Hamels (4-0, 3.10 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the Houston Astros (17-27) and the Texas Rangers (24-19) at Minute Maid Park. The Rangers won the last game 2-1, and Texas leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 2:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 22 and can be seen on RTSW and FSSW.
Keuchel pitched 6.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs, striking out five and walking three in a 6-5 win over the White Sox. George Springer (.259, 27 Rs, 9 HRs, 25 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Hamels went 6.2 innings, surrendering four runs (one unearned), striking out six and walking two in an 8-5 defeat to the Athletics in his last outing. Rougned Odor (.274, 28 Rs, 7 HRs, 22 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
The Astros are a -140 favorite with a total of 8.
Pick - TEX
The Astros are struggling at 4-11 in their division, while the Rangers are 12-9.
When leading after seven innings, Texas is 10-8, while Houston is 6-12.
The Rangers are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Astros have a 1-11 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the Astros are 4-22. The Rangers have a 9-14 record when opponents outhit them.
Texas ranks in the bottom half of the league at 17th when it comes to home runs, hitting 43 this season. Houston ranks in the top 10 with 55.
Ranking 25th, Texas is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 112 this season. Houston ranks in the top five at fourth with 171.
The Astros are 14-19 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Rangers are 17-11 when they hit at least one homer.