Houston Astros (2-2) at Arlington Rangers (2-3), 7:05 p.m. (CST)
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Radio: KBME 790 AM, KLAT 1010 AM
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RHP Roberto Hernandez (8-11, 4.10 ERA, 1.39 WHIP with two teams in 2014) vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo (0-1, 9.00 ERA, 1.75 WHIP)
The Astros broke out of their offensive shell somewhat on Friday, scoring 5 runs against the Rangers. Jed Lowrie and Colby Rasmus each hit a home run. In total, the Astros collected 10 hits against a taxed Rangers pitching staff. Starter Derek Holland left the game after one inning with a sub scapular strain. Holland won't be able to pick up a baseball for 4-6 weeks. The Astros 7-8-9 hitters were 7-for-10 with 3 extra-base hits and 4 RBI.
Houston faces Yovani Gallardo today. Gallardo grew up in the Fort Worth area and is making his first start in Arlington as a Ranger. The right-hander made the Opening Day start for the Rangers in Oakland, giving up 4 runs over 4 innings.
Gallardo, a former Brewer, has quite the track record against the Astros. He is 13-3 with a 2.69 ERA against Houston in his career. That is the most wins Gallardo has against any Major League team. Though Gallardo's last start against the Astros came on June 20, 2013 - he allowed three unearned runs in seven inning of work.
The Ranger currently have no left-handed pitchers in the bullpen for manager Jeff Banister to lean on. The Astros can stack the lineup full of left-handed bats, all of which have a positive history against Gallardo:
- Jason Castro: .385 (5-13), 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 BB, 4 SO
- Jed Lowrie .375 (3-8), 1 K, 2 BB
- Colby Rasmus .313 (5-16), 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 BB, 7 K
- Luis Valbuena .333 (7-21) 2 2B, 3 BB, 5 SO
- Elvis Andrus: .353 (6-17), 3 BB, 2 SO
- Adrian Beltre .222 (4-18) 2 HR, 6 BB, 3 SO
- Prince Fielder: 1.000 (2-2), 1 BB
- Leonys Martin: 1.000 (2-2), 1 BB
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