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Game No. 62 Preview: Houston Astros at Texas Rangers

One down, time to add on.

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Houston Astros (29-32) at Texas Rangers (36-23), June 9, 2016, 1:05 PM CT

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

Pitching Matchup

RHP Collin McHugh (5-4, 4.97 ERA, 1.46 WHIP) vs. LHP Martin Perez (4-4, 3.24 ERA, 1.35 WHIP)

Preview

A series split looks a lot better than a 1-3 series loss. That is the intersection facing the Houston Astros at the moment. The Astros finally defeated the Texas Rangers for the first time in eight games in 2016 and 12 games at Globe Life Park. Can the Astros make it two in a row?

That is Collin McHugh's job on Thursday in a day game. Is Doctor McHugh back? He pitched his first complete game on May 30 and followed that up by going only 5 1/3 innings on June 4. Today will be his first start against the Rangers in 2016.

McHugh is 4-0 with a 3.99 ERA in five career starts against the Rangers, he is 1-0 with a 5.59 ERA in two starts at Globe Life Park. He is 13-8 with a 4.22 ERA in 28 day games (26 starts).

Current Rangers are batting .418 (28x67) against McHugh with a .491 BABIP, 3.20 FIP, 15.5 K%, and a 4.2 BB%.

TEXAS RANGERS CAREER STATISTICS VS. COLLIN MCHUGH
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Elvis Andrus 14 6 0 0 0 1 0 3 0.429 0.429 0.429 0.857
Adrian Beltre 14 6 2 0 0 2 1 4 0.429 0.467 0.571 1.038
Robinson Chirinos 6 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.500 0.571 0.667 1.238
Shin-Soo Choo 6 2 0 0 1 1 1 4 0.333 0.429 0.833 1.262
Delino DeShields 11 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.273 0.273 0.273 0.545
Ian Desmond 2 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0.500 0.500 2.000 2.500
Prince Fielder 11 8 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.727 0.750 0.727 1.477
Joey Gallo 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.500 0.667 0.500 1.167
Josh Hamilton 12 2 0 0 0 0 1 4 0.167 0.231 0.167 0.397
Mitch Moreland 10 3 1 0 0 2 0 1 0.300 0.364 0.400 0.764
Rougned Odor 13 4 1 0 0 2 0 0 0.308 0.308 0.385 0.692
Ryan Rua 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.000 0.500 0.000 0.500
Bobby Wilson 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000

Martin Perez has been stellar in his last seven outing, he is 3-2 with a 2.55 ERA with 27 strikeouts and 17 walks. He has three straight quality starts coming into Thursday's outing. Like Mchugh, Perez is making his first start against the Astros this season.

Perez is 4-2 with a 1.71 ERA in six career starts against the Astros. Current Astros are batting .338 (24x71) against Perez with a .377 BABIP, 3.27 FIP, 12.3 K%, and a 2.7 BB%.

HOUSTON ASTROS CAREER STATISTICS VS. MARTIN PEREZ
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Jose Altuve 18 7 4 0 0 1 1 1 0.389 0.421 0.611 1.032
Jason Castro 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.000 0.250 0.000 0.250
Carlos Correa 9 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.222 0.222 0.222 0.444
Matt Duffy 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000 0.500 0.000 0.500
Evan Gattis 9 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.556 0.556 0.778 1.333
Marwin Gonzalez 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.286 0.286 0.286 0.571
Jake Marisnick 7 3 2 0 0 2 0 0 0.429 0.429 0.714 1.143
Colby Rasmus 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.250 0.250 0.250 0.500
Jon Singleton 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
George Springer 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.143 0.143 0.143 0.286

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