In the first of a three-game series between the Houston Astros (17-25) and the Texas Rangers (22-19) at Minute Maid Park, Lance McCullers (0-0, 9.64 ERA) and Colby Lewis (2-0, 3.12 ERA) get the ball. The game gets underway at 8:10 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 20 and will air on RTSW and FSSW.
In his last start, McCullers pitched 4.2 innings, giving up five runs, striking out four and walking three in a 7-6 victory over the Red Sox. Jose Altuve (.345, 38 Rs, 9 HRs, 26 RBIs, 15 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Rangers were victorious over the Blue Jays 6-5 the last time Lewis pitched. He went 7.0 innings, allowing two runs and striking out six. Ian Desmond (.275, 30 Rs, 6 HRs, 25 RBIs, 8 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Rangers, going 2 for 4 Wednesday with one run and one stolen base.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an Astros -140 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is 9 at the moment.
The previous three games have all gone Texas's way.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU
The Astros currently sit below .500 against the AL West Division at 4-9, and the Rangers have a 10-9 record.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Astros are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Rangers have a 6-0 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they are outhit, the Astros are 4-21. The Rangers have an 8-14 record when opponents outhit them.
Texas ranks in the bottom half of the league at 17th when it comes to home runs, hitting 42 this season. Houston ranks in the top 10 with 54.
Ranking 23rd, Houston is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.95 per game. Texas ranks in the top half at 12th with 8.68.
Ranking 18th, Texas is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.727). Houston ranks in the top half with an OPS of .733.
When the Rangers allow at least one home run, they are 13-17. When the Astros allow one or more homers, they have an 11-18 record.