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


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.

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

Texas Rangers

  • Hunter Pence

    Groin
    Prob Tues | 10-day IL

    Pence has landed on the 10-day injured list with a strained right groin. He is expected to be activated for Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks.

  • Yohander Mendez

    Elbow
    Late July | 60-day IL

    Mendez has been transferred to the 60-day injured list with a right UCL strain. He is not expected to return until at least the latter half of July.

  • Kyle Dowdy

    Elbow
    Late July | 10-day IL

    Dowdy is on the 10-day injured list with a right elbow impingement, and he is expected to be out of action until the latter part of July.

  • Luke Farrell

    Jaw
    Late July | 60-day IL

    Farrell is on the 60-day injured list as he is recovering from surgery to repair a non-displaced fracture in his jaw. He is expected to be shut down until at least the latter portion of July.

  • Isiah Kiner-Falefa

    Finger
    Late July | 10-day IL

    Kiner-Falefa has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a right middle finger ligament sprain. He is lining up to be reinstated from the IL during the end of July.

  • Connor Sadzeck

    Elbow
    Late July | 10-day IL

    Sadzeck is on the 10-day injured list with inflammation in his right elbow. He is expected to be out of commission until at least the latter half of July.

  • Shin-Soo Choo

    Ankle
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Choo departed the previous game due to left ankle soreness, but he is likely to play Thursday against the Astros.

  • Asdrubal Cabrera

    Back
    Prob Wed | probable

    Cabrera has been absent from the lineup during the past two games due to a stiff back, but he is likely to suit up against the Angels on Wednesday.

Houston Astros

  • Brad Peacock

    Shoulder
    Early Aug | 10-day IL

    Peacock has been placed on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder discomfort. He sustained a setback in his recovery and is expected to be out until at least the start of August.

  • Carlos Correa

    Ribs
    Late July | 60-day IL

    Correa fractured a rib and is on the 60-day injured list. He is aiming to return to action against the Cardinals on July 26.

  • Aledmys Diaz

    Hamstring
    Late July | 10-day IL

    Diaz is on the 10-day IL with a hamstring strain and is expected to be idle until at least the end of July.

  • Joe Smith

    Achilles
    Prob Sun | probable

    Smith has been activated from the 60-day injured list after recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon. It is likely that he will be available for Sunday's game versus the Rangers.

  • Jake Marisnick

    Suspension
    day-to-day | out

    Marisnick will serve a two-game suspension for his role in a collision with an opposing player. He is eligible to return to the lineup for Saturday's contest versus the Rangers.

  • Yordan Alvarez

    Knee
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Alvarez sat out his second consecutive game due to discomfort in his left knee, and it is unknown if he will face the Angels on Friday.

  • Yuli Gurriel

    Ankle
    Prob Tues | probable

    Gurriel was held out of the previous game due to a right ankle injury, but it is not expected to impede his status for Tuesday's matchup with the Rockies.

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
Danny Santana 67 51 223 43 69 13 3 11 32 121 11 66 5 .309 .543 .346
Elvis Andrus 83 83 343 51 103 19 3 8 47 152 21 56 4 .300 .443 .339
Hunter Pence 55 47 194 44 57 14 1 15 48 118 3 47 1 .294 .608 .353
Shin-Soo Choo 88 82 333 61 97 23 2 15 38 169 8 91 1 .291 .508 .389
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 43 3 131 66 4 33 5 0 22 0 0 4 22 811
Jesse Chavez 38 8 204 62 4 65 11 0 34 0 0 2 19 1103
Chris Martin 36 0 109 40 0 32 7 0 12 0 0 3 3 547
Shawn Kelley 32 0 99 32 0 33 6 0 11 0 0 1 5 506
Brett Martin 27 0 96 24 0 38 6 2 19 0 0 1 8 492
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Jeff Mathis 53 49 0 39 4 3 0 3
Isiah Kiner-Falefa 38 30 0 12 5 1 0 3
Ariel Jurado 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
Asdrubal Cabrera 81 78 0 0 0 6 0 0
Chris Martin 4 0 0 0 0 1 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 23 23 90 15 31 8 0 9 29 66 0 27 0 .344 .733 .422
Michael Brantley 88 86 349 49 113 25 1 12 49 176 3 38 2 .324 .504 .382
George Springer 62 61 243 50 73 11 1 18 47 140 5 58 1 .300 .576 .385
Carlos Correa 50 50 190 26 56 13 1 11 35 104 1 51 0 .295 .547 .360
Josh Reddick 86 80 317 39 93 12 1 10 33 137 4 38 2 .293 .432 .332
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
Ryan Pressly 41 0 124 50 0 25 4 0 7 0 0 1 6 612
Roberto Osuna 39 0 116 40 1 27 3 0 11 0 0 1 8 592
Will Harris 38 0 99 27 0 29 3 0 10 0 0 0 8 523
Hector Rondon 37 0 105 29 1 30 5 0 13 0 0 4 15 570
Chris Devenski 35 0 121 43 2 40 7 0 22 0 0 10 15 680
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Robinson Chirinos 73 67 2 34 9 4 0 2
Max Stassi 24 21 1 15 3 2 0 1
Garrett Stubbs 8 6 0 1 1 0 0 0
Aledmys Diaz 32 27 0 0 0 2 0 0
Alex Bregman 91 91 0 0 0 8 0 0