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Current Series

3 game series vs Rangers @ Rangers Ballpark in Arlington

Fri 05/16 WP: Jamey Wright (2 - 1)
LP: Wesley Wright (3 - 1)
8 - 16 loss
Sat 05/17 WP: Vicente Padilla (6 - 2)
LP: Roy Oswalt (4 - 4)
2 - 6 loss

Houston Astros Red-star
@ Texas Rangers Red-star

Sunday, May 18, 2008, 2:05 PM CDT
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington

Brandon Backe vs Kason Gabbard

Sunny. Winds blowing out to center field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game Time temperature: Near 95.

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W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Brandon Backe 2-5 9 9 0 0 0 0 48.2 53 27 25 8 29 37 4.62 1.68
W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Kason Gabbard 1-0 6 6 0 0 0 0 29.2 28 7 7 1 14 11 2.12 1.42


Lineup

Houston Astros @ Texas Rangers

05/18/08 2:05 PM CDT

Houston Astros Texas Rangers
Michael Bourn - CF Ian Kinsler - 2B
Kazuo Matsui - 2B Frank Catalanotto - 1B
Miguel Tejada - SS Michael Young - SS
Lance Berkman - DH Milton Bradley - DH
Carlos Lee - LF David Murphy - RF
Hunter Pence - RF Gerald Laird - C
Mark Loretta - 1B Brandon Boggs - LF
Ty Wigginton - 3B Marlon Byrd - CF
J.R. Towles - C German Duran - 3B


After winning 4 straight series, the Astros have already lost the 1st series against the Rangers by dropping the 1st two games 16-8 and 6-2. The two consecutive losses dropped the Astros back to 3rd place, 2.5 games behind the 1st place Cubs.

The Astros have drawn a pretty good pitcher in Kason Gabbard today... Gabbard has pitched well but has only recorded 1 decision this season. In Gabbard's 6 starts this season, he has yet to give up more than 3 runs in any outing... the problem with him though, is that he has only pitched 6 innings or more in 2 of those starts. The Rangers are 5-1 in games started by Gabbard.