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Game No. 45 Preview: Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers

The final score will be 2-1.

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Houston Astros (17-27) vs. Texas Rangers (24-19), May 22, 2016 1:10 PM CDT

TV: Root Sports SW, Fox Sports SW
Online: MLB.TV
Radio: KBME SportsTalk 790 AM, La Nueva 94.1 FM (En Español) 
Rangers SB Nation Blog: Lone Star Ball

Pitching Matchup

LHP (Dallas Keuchel (2-5, 5.43 ERA, 1.58 WHIP) vs. LHP Cole Hamels (4-0, 3.10 ERA, 1.32 WHIP)

Preview

Not matter how well Dallas Keuchel pitches, the score will be Rangers 2, Astros 1. Preview  done. Right? OK! Fine, I'll actually write a preview.

In 2015, Dallas Keuchel would be primed to be the Astros stopper to end the current slide. But this is 2016, Dallas Keuchel hasn't pitched like the Astros ace much of this season. Keuchel is 0-4 with a 7.32 ERA in his last six starts.

On top of that, the Rangers have had Keuchel's number in two of his last three starts. He has a 7.86 ERA over his last 18 1/3 innings against the Rangers. In his most recent start against Texas, Keuchel gave up six runs on 13 hits over six innings in Arlington.

Current Rangers are batting .242 (50x207) against Keuchel with a .282 BABIP, 3.18 FIP, 19.3 K%, and a 4.9 BB%.

TEXAS RANGERS CAREER STATISTICS VS. DALLAS KEUCHEL
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Adrian Beltre 43 11 3 0 1 3 3 5 0.256 0.304 0.395 0.700
Elvis Andrus 44 10 1 1 0 5 3 7 0.227 0.271 0.295 0.566
Prince Fielder 28 8 2 0 1 4 1 4 0.286 0.310 0.464 0.775
Josh Hamilton 18 7 0 0 1 2 0 6 0.389 0.389 0.556 0.944
Shin-Soo Choo 23 6 3 0 0 1 0 7 0.261 0.280 0.391 0.671
Ian Desmond 5 3 1 0 1 4 1 2 0.600 0.667 1.400 2.067
Ryan Rua 8 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.375 0.375 0.375 0.750
Robinson Chirinos 13 2 1 0 0 0 1 4 0.154 0.214 0.231 0.445
Delino DeShields 16 2 1 0 0 1 2 4 0.125 0.222 0.188 0.410
Bryan Holaday 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.400 0.400 0.400 0.800
Nomar Mazara 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.500 0.500 0.750 1.250
Rougned Odor 17 2 0 0 1 2 1 4 0.118 0.211 0.294 0.505
Hanser Alberto 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.500 0.500 0.500 1.000
Mitch Moreland 13 1 1 0 0 0 1 4 0.077 0.143 0.154 0.297
Jurickson Profar 6 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0.167 0.167 0.167 0.333
Drew Stubbs 5 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.200 0.200 0.200 0.400
Bobby Wilson 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000

Cole Hamels has allowed six runs over his last 12 1/3 innings. In his career, Hamels is 5-3 with a 4.50 ERA in 12 starts against Houston. In 2015, Hamels allowed three runs over seven innings in his one start against Houston. He allowed just one run over 6 2/3 innings in his lone start against Houston in 2016 on April 20.

Current Astros are batting .244 (19x78) against Hamels with a .255 BABIP, 5.18 FIP 21.1 K%, and a 3.5 BB%.

HOUSTON ASTROS CAREER STATISTICS VS. COLE HAMELS
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Jose Altuve 9 5 0 0 1 1 1 1 0.556 0.667 0.889 1.556
Evan Gattis 16 5 0 0 2 2 0 3 0.313 0.313 0.688 1.000
Carlos Gomez 20 5 1 0 0 1 1 5 0.250 0.304 0.300 0.604
Colby Rasmus 12 4 0 0 1 3 1 2 0.333 0.385 0.583 0.968
Jake Marisnick 6 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 0.333 0.333 0.500 0.833
Carlos Correa 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.143 0.143 0.143 0.286
Tyler White 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.333 0.333 1.333 1.667
Jason Castro 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Marwin Gonzalez 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
George Springer 6 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.000 0.143 0.000 0.143
Luis Valbuena 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.333 0.000 0.333


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