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Game Preview No. 16: Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers

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Help us Dallas Keuchel. You're our only hope.

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros (5-10) vs. Texas Rangers (9-6), Apr 21, 2016 7:05 PM CDT

TV: ROOT SPORTS Southwest
Online: MLB.TV
Radio: KBME 790, La Nueva 94.1 FM (En Español) 
Rangers SB Nation Blog: Lone Star Ball

Pitching Matchup

LHP Dallas Keuchel (2-1, 2.18 ERA, 1.21 WHIP)  vs. RHP A.J. Griffin (1-0, 3.27 ERA, 1.36 WHIP)

Preview

Welp. The Houston Astros can't do much right. The team can't run the bases or drive in runs. Even for a time Dallas Keuchel didn't look right. But it appears Keuchel has found the path back to success after a few starts. Keuchel is exactly what the Astro need after the two losses to the Rangers.

Keuchel returns to the place where he had his worst start in 2015. The Astros ace gave up nine runs over 4 2/3 innings on Sept. 16. The loss was one of the final nails in the coffin for the Astros' chances for the AL West crown. Overall in 2015, Keuchel was 2-1 with a 3.48 ERA in five starts.

Current Rangers are batting .235 (59x251) with a .290 BABIP, 2.997 FIP, 22.14 K%, and 5.00 BB%.

TEXAS RANGERS CAREER STATISTICS VS. DALLAS KEUCHEL
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Elvis Andrus 41 9 1 0 0 4 3 6 0.220 0.267 0.244 0.511
Adrian Beltre 40 9 3 0 1 3 3 5 0.225 0.279 0.375 0.654
Robinson Chirinos 13 2 1 0 0 0 1 4 0.154 0.214 0.231 0.445
Shin-Soo Choo 23 6 3 0 0 1 0 7 0.261 0.280 0.391 0.671
Delino DeShields 12 2 1 0 0 0 2 4 0.167 0.286 0.250 0.536
Ian Desmond 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0.500 0.667 0.500 1.167
Prince Fielder 25 7 2 0 1 3 1 4 0.280 0.308 0.480 0.788
Chris Gimenez 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.200 0.200 0.200 0.400
Josh Hamilton 18 7 0 0 1 2 0 6 0.389 0.389 0.556 0.944
Bryan Holaday 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Mitch Moreland 13 1 1 0 0 0 1 4 0.077 0.143 0.154 0.297
Rougned Odor 17 2 0 0 1 2 1 4 0.118 0.211 0.294 0.505
Jurickson Profar 6 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0.167 0.167 0.167 0.333
Ryan Rua 5 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.200 0.200 0.200 0.400

A.J. Griffin stays in the A.L. West, moving from the Oakland Athletics to the Rangers this offseason. He has been a solid pick up so far, allowing four runs over 11 innings of work. Griffin had delt with complications of Tommy John Surgery over the past two seasons.

HOUSTON ASTROS CAREER STATISTICS VS. A.J. GRIFFIN
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Jose Altuve 11 4 1 0 1 2 1 1 0.364 0.417 0.727 1.144
Jason Castro 12 4 1 0 2 3 0 2 0.333 0.333 0.917 1.250
Carlos Gomez 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.667 0.667 0.667 1.333
Marwin Gonzalez 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0.250 0.250 0.500 0.750
Colby Rasmus 7 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 0.000 0.222 0.000 0.222
Luis Valbuena 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
Totals 40 12 3 0 3 5 3 10 0.300 0.349 0.600 0.949