Houston Astros (40-16) vs. Texas Rangers (26-30), June 4, 2017, 2:05 p.m. CT
RHP Brad Peacock (2-0, 2.13 ERA, 0.99 WHIP) vs. LHP Martin Perez (2-5, 4.19 ERA, 1.57 WHIP)
The Astros once again put Brad Peacock in a situation I wouldn’t have expected him to be in two years ago. Peacock can help Houston complete a three-game sweep of the Rangers and help extend their winning streak to 10 games.
Peacock was again lights out on his first start of 2017. Peacock allowed four earned runs on four hits over 4 2/3 innings in Minnesota. He had pitched four scoreless innings before giving up a double and triple to start the fifth inning, allowing 4-of-6 batters he faced in the frame to reach before being pulled.
Peacock is making his eighth career appearance against the Rangers (sixth start). He is 1-3 with 3.41 ERA over 34.1 innings. He is 1-2 with a 3.77 ERA in 3 games (two starts) at Globe Life Park.
Rougned Odor (.571, 1 HR) and Adrian Beltre (.385, 3 HR) have had their way against Peacock in their careers. Elvis Andrus (.188) and Robinson Chirinos (.143) not so much.
Martin Perez continues to be a staple of the Rangers rotation for good or bad. He is 1-1 with 4.11 ERA in five may starts. Perez is 5-3 with a 2.49 ERA in nine career starts agianst Houston.
Jose Altuve has had success against Perez (.370, 6 2B) in 27 at-bats, and George Springer has struggled (.125, 3 Ks) in 16 at-bats. No current Astro had a home run off Perez in 147 at-bats.