Mike Fiers (3-1, 4.63 ERA) and the Houston Astros (17-26) meet Cesar Ramos (0-2, 4.32 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (23-19) in the second of a three-game division series at Minute Maid Park. The Rangers won the last game 2-1, and Texas leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 7:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 21 and will air on FOX.
In his last start, Fiers pitched 4.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out one and walking one in a 10-9 loss to the Red Sox. Jose Altuve (.343, 39 Rs, 9 HRs, 26 RBIs, 15 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. The Rangers were victorious over the Blue Jays 7-6 the last time Ramos pitched. He went 4.1 innings, allowing one run, striking out four and walking two. Ian Desmond (.274, 31 Rs, 6 HRs, 25 RBIs, 8 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run.
The Astros are a -150 favorite and the total is 9.
Pick - HOU
The Astros are struggling at 4-10 in their division, while the Rangers are 11-9.
When leading after seven innings, Texas is 10-8, while Houston is 6-12.
The Rangers are coming into this game after allowing no walks during their last outing. The Astros have a 0-3 record when opponents don't give up any walks.
When they outhit their opponents, the Astros are 11-4. The Rangers have a 13-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 14th in runs, Houston has earned 179 this season. Texas ranks 10th with 188 runs.
Houston and Texas both rank in the bottom half of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Houston sits at 16th with an OPS of .726, and Texas ranks 18th with an OPS of .722.
The Rangers are 13-17 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Astros are 11-18 when they allow at least one homer.