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Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers Preview and Predictions 07-14-2019


The 2019 season has not been kind to three-time batting champion Jose Altuve, but he has dropped hints over the last two-plus weeks that he might be poised to go on a tear in the near future. Coming off his second four-hit effort of the month, the 2017 American League MVP hopes to lead the Houston Astros to a series split when they visit the Texas Rangers on Sunday for the finale of their four-game set.

Altuve, who spent over a month from mid-May to mid-June on the injured list with a strained left hamstring, entered Saturday's contest batting .256 - 58 points below his career average - but registered a three-hit effort on June 30 and a four-hit performance two days later. The six-time All-Star had managed only four hits in 26 at-bats since that spurt but finished 4-for-6 with a go-ahead RBI double in the 11th inning of Saturday's 7-6 victory. After rallying from a four-run deficit in the seventh inning on Friday to record a 9-8 victory, Texas had another comeback attempt in the 11th on Saturday snuffed out when Tim Federowicz flied out with the tying run in scoring position. Delino DeShields homered and drove in two runs for the Rangers, who had won their previous four home games against the Astros.

TV: 3:05 p.m. ET, AT&T SportsNet-Southwest (Houston), FS Southwest (Texas)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Astros RH Justin Verlander (10-4, 2.98 ERA) vs. Rangers RH Ariel Jurado (5-4, 4.23)

Verlander's bizarre season continued in a loss to the Los Angeles Angels on July 5 as he surrendered four runs - including three homers - while registering six strikeouts over seven innings. The eight-time All-Star leads the majors in WHIP (0.81) and ranks fifth in strikeouts (153), but he also has allowed the most home runs of any pitcher in baseball (26). Verlander hasn't had much trouble in three starts against Texas this season, however, going 2-0 with a 2.50 ERA while permitting two homers in 18 frames.

Jurado finished the first half on a positive note with 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief at Minnesota last Sunday, but he hasn't been particularly sharp of late - outside of a seven-inning masterpiece in Detroit to end June. The 23-year-old struggled at home against the Angels on July 3, yielding six runs over as many frames to lift his ERA to 6.95 over his last four turns. Jurado beat the Astros in his only career start against them last July, holding the club to one run on two hits and a walk in six frames.

WALK-OFFS

1. The Rangers have belted eight homers over the last two contests after totaling 10 in their previous 10 games.

2. Houston is 8-1 in extra innings this season after going 5-6 in such contests last year.

3. Texas has scored at least once in the opening frame of each game of this series and leads the majors with 75 first-inning runs.

Prediction

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Globe Life Park in Arlington
Arlington, Texas, USA.
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Last Injuries

Houston Astros

  • Josh Reddick

    Rest
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Reddick is not expected to be in the starting lineup for Game 5 of the AL Championship Series against the Yankees as he will be given the night off.

  • Josh Reddick

    Rest
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Reddick is not expected to suit up against the Yankees in Game 2 of the AL Championship Series as he is to be rested.

texas-rangers Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Jesse Chavez 4 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 .500 .500 .500
Hunter Pence 83 69 286 53 85 17 1 18 59 158 6 69 1 .297 .552 .358
Danny Santana 127 109 464 78 132 23 6 27 78 248 19 147 6 .284 .534 .322
Elvis Andrus 144 144 588 79 161 27 4 12 72 232 29 94 8 .274 .395 .311
Willie Calhoun 80 73 297 49 81 14 1 20 45 157 0 51 0 .273 .529 .328
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Jose Leclerc 68 3 198 96 5 49 7 1 31 0 0 5 38 1245
Brett Martin 50 2 184 62 2 71 7 2 38 0 0 1 18 1011
Shawn Kelley 50 0 139 42 2 52 11 2 24 0 0 2 10 744
Jesse Chavez 48 9 234 72 5 82 12 0 48 0 0 2 22 1307
Chris Martin 38 0 114 43 0 35 8 0 13 0 0 3 4 579
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Jeff Mathis 86 76 0 50 10 6 0 4
Isiah Kiner-Falefa 64 54 0 12 5 3 0 3
Jose Trevino 37 29 1 9 7 1 0 1
Ariel Jurado 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 0
Asdrubal Cabrera 93 90 0 0 0 7 0 0

houston-astros Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Yordan Alvarez 84 80 302 58 98 26 0 27 78 205 0 87 0 .325 .679 .421
Michael Brantley 146 141 568 87 177 39 2 21 86 283 3 65 2 .312 .498 .373
Yuli Gurriel 141 140 553 84 166 40 2 30 102 300 4 64 3 .300 .542 .345
Jose Altuve 121 118 488 88 145 25 3 30 70 266 6 80 5 .297 .545 .353
Alex Bregman 153 153 547 119 162 37 2 40 110 323 5 82 1 .296 .590 .420
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Will Harris 66 0 176 59 0 42 6 0 14 0 0 0 14 924
Roberto Osuna 65 0 192 72 2 44 8 0 20 0 0 1 12 951
Hector Rondon 61 1 179 48 3 56 10 0 25 0 0 5 19 981
Chris Devenski 60 1 204 72 3 68 13 0 39 0 0 13 21 1134
Ryan Pressly 53 0 157 70 0 37 6 0 15 0 0 2 12 816
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Robinson Chirinos 112 104 3 45 12 6 0 4
Max Stassi 31 26 1 17 3 2 0 2
Garrett Stubbs 18 6 0 3 1 1 0 0
Abraham Toro 24 20 0 0 0 2 0 0
AJ Reed 14 13 0 0 0 1 0 0