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Game No. 109 Preview: Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers

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The Astros are 1-9 against the Rangers and 2-8 in their last 10 games. Is it only up from here right?

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Houston Astros (56-52) vs. Texas Rangers (63-46), August 5, 2016, 7:10 PM CDT

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

LHP Dallas Keuchel (6-11, 4.86 ERA, 1.35 WHIP) vs. LHP Martin Perez (7-7, 4.22 ERA, 1.44 WHIP)

Preview

A rivalry is a competition for superiority with a hated opponent. By its definition, a rivalry implies a balance between each side of the rivalry. After the dust between the Astros and Rangers, many believed a rivalry was born. But that hasn't hasn't been the case. The Rangers have plain and simple dominated the Astros over the last half of 2015 and the start of the 2016 season.

The Rangers are 9-1 against Houston this season as the Astros offense hasn't figured out Texas pitching and Astros pitching has been dismantled by the Rangers bats in previous meetings.

To add to the pain, the Astros offense has been missing in action over the past week as the team has gone 2-8 entering the series with the Rangers. On top of that, the Rangers have added to bats the Astros were linked to at the trade deadline, Jonathan Lucroy, and Carlos Beltran. So everything at the moment appears to be going the Rangers' way.

Dallas Keuchel hopes to end that trend. Keuchel is hoping to rebound after a rough start against the Tigers in which he gave up seven runs on seven hits over five innings. Before that outing, Keuchel had posted seven straight quality starts.

Against Texas this season, Keuchel is 0-3 with a 7.91 ERA in three starts -- allowing 17 earned runs on 32 hits over 19 1/3 innings. He is 4-7 with a 4.58 ERA in 17 career starts against the Rangers.

Current Rangers are batting .262 (68x260) against Keuhcel with a .303 BABIP, 3.31 FIP, 17.8 K%, and 5.0 BB%. Ian Desmond is batting .500 (6x12) with two home runs and seven RBIs in his career against Kuchel. Elvis Andrus is batting .220 (11x50) with five RBIs in his career against Keuchel.

Martin Perez is 1-3 with a 5.62 ERA in his last seven starts, but he allowed just one run over seven innings on four hits against the Royals in his most recent outing.

In his one start against the Astros this season, he allowed two runs on four hits over six innings on June 9. Perez is 5-2 with a 1.88 ERA in seven career starts against the Astros.

Current Astros are batting .303 (27x89) against Perez with a .333 BABIP, 3.65 FIP, 11.5 K%, and 6.3 BB%.