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Game Thread 99, July 19th, 2019, 7:10 CDT, Rangers vs. Astros.

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A match-up of All-Star pitchers as the Astros return home from a rough road trip. Join the discussion.

MLB: Houston Astros at Los Angeles Angels Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Wasn’t the trip to Anaheim full of drama and excitement? The Astros couldn’t make the opener concept work for them in games 1 &2 in LA, and they couldn’t score much on those nights either, getting clobbered in both games. (literally and figuratively, right Jake?) But it all came together on the last two nights, behind Verlander and Miley, with the Astros outscoring the Angels 17-4 in those games.

Bad karma to the Angels for throwing at Marisnick?

Classic pitcher’s duel tonight. All Stars Justin Verlander (11-4, 2.98 ERA) and Mike Minor (8-4, 2.73 ERA) face off

Although just a few weeks ago the Rangers were breathing down the Astos’ backs, a close second place in the AL West, they are now in third place, but a full 10 games behind the first place Stros.

But there’s another contender making their presence felt in the West, the pesky A’s, only 5.5 games behind the Astros at game time.

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