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Game No. 61 Preview: Houston Astros at Texas Rangers

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Astros attempt to bail themselves out of the sinking ship in Arlington.

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros (28-32) at Texas Rangers (36-22), June 8, 2016, 7:05 PM CT

TV: Root Sports Southwest
Online: MLB.TV
Radio: KBME SportsTalk 790 AM, La Nueva 94.1 FM (En Español) 
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Pitching Matchup

RHP Doug Fister (5-3, 3.51 ERA, 1.26 WHIP) vs. RHP Yu Darvish (2-0, 3.38 ERA, 1.03 WHIP)

Preview

Yup, the last two games have soul-sucking. There is no reason to look back on them except for the fact the Astros have been in both games. The Astros have matched the Rangers stride for stride. The Astros can give the old college try one more time to improve upon their 0-8 record against the Rangers.

Doug Fister faces the newly return Yu Darvish on Wednesday. Fister has been the Astros best pitcher for much of the season, as the very least he has earned the spot of not being pushed to the bullpen. Fister pitched six innings of scoreless baseball in his last outing, and he allowed just two runs over six innings in his one start against Texas this season.

Fister is 4-5 with a 5.18 ERA in 11 career starts against the Rangers, and he is 0-3 with a 9.15 ERA in four starts against the Rangers at Globe Life Park. Current Rangers are batting .278 (32x115) against Fister with a .283 BABIP, 3.75 FIP, 8.1 K%, and a 2.4 BB%.

TEXAS RANGERS CAREER STATISTICS VS. DOUG FISTER
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Shin-Soo Choo 31 10 3 0 2 5 1 4 0.323 0.344 0.613 0.957
Adrian Beltre 26 9 2 0 0 4 0 0 0.346 0.333 0.423 0.756
Elvis Andrus 33 8 2 0 0 1 1 4 0.242 0.286 0.303 0.589
Mitch Moreland 20 4 1 0 0 2 1 2 0.200 0.227 0.250 0.477
Prince Fielder 5 3 1 0 1 1 0 0 0.600 0.600 1.400 2.000
Josh Hamilton 19 3 1 0 0 2 1 5 0.158 0.261 0.211 0.471
Rougned Odor 5 2 1 0 1 3 0 1 0.400 0.400 1.200 1.600
Jurickson Profar 3 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.667 0.667 0.667 1.333
Drew Stubbs 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
Ian Desmond 6 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.167 0.375 0.167 0.542
Robinson Chirinos 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Delino DeShields 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Bryan Holaday 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Nomar Mazara 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000

Darvish is making his third major league start this season, he hasn't pitched past the sixth inning in either start. He has allowed just four earned runs over 10 2/3 innings. Darvish made 81 pitches in the first start and 88 in the second.

Darvish is 4-3 with a 3.54 ERA in nine career starts against the Astros. Current Astros are batting .261 (18x69) against Darvish with a .378 BABIP, 1.79 FIP, 31.9 K%, and a 4.2 BB%.

HOUSTON ASTROS CAREER STATISTICS VS. YU DARVISH
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Colby Rasmus 15 7 1 1 1 3 0 6 0.467 0.467 0.867 1.333
Jose Altuve 20 3 1 0 0 0 3 6 0.150 0.261 0.200 0.461
Jason Castro 18 3 1 0 0 0 0 6 0.167 0.167 0.222 0.389
Jon Singleton 5 3 1 0 0 3 1 2 0.600 0.667 0.800 1.467
Marwin Gonzalez 11 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.182 0.182 0.182 0.364
Jake Marisnick 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
George Springer 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667

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