Houston Astros (5-10) at Texas Rangers (9-6)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
D Keuchel (2-1) (2.18) vs. A Griffin (1-0) (3.27)
The Line: Texas Rangers +130 / Houston Astros -140
The Texas Rangers hope to sweep the Houston Astros late Thursday night.
The Houston Astros could use a nice victory after losing six of their last eight games. The issues for the Astros start is on the offensive end where they’ve scored three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Houston Astros have the talent to get back on track, but it certainly doesn’t help that they’ve struck out 19 times in this series. Jose Altuve leads Houston with 18 hits, Tyler White has 12 RBI and George Springer has four home runs. Dallas Keuchel gets the ball, and he’s 2-1 with a 2.18 ERA and 17 strikeouts this season. Keuchel is 4-4 with a 3.88 ERA and 78 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.
The Texas Rangers look to keep rolling after winning six of their last eight games. The Rangers have scored five or more runs in six of their last eight games, including nine runs in this series. The Texas Rangers are 7-2 this season when scoring more than three runs. Adrian Beltre leads Texas with 17 hits, Rougned Odor has 13 RBI and Mitch Moreland has two home runs. A.J. Griffin takes the hill, and he’s 1-0 with a 3.27 ERA and six strikeouts this season. Griffin is 3-0 with a 4.88 ERA and 32 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.
The Astros are 1-4 in their last 5 Thursday games and 35-16 in Keuchels last 51 starts. The Rangers are 5-1 in their last 6 Thursday games and 31-15 in their last 46 home games. The Astros are 14-39 in the last 53 meetings in Texas.