What an intriguing matchup. The Lone Star Series. The I-45 Fight for Lone Star (and perhaps World) Supremacy. Both teams won exactly 90 games.
The two teams came in at 4th and 5th in batting by wRC+, Texas and Houston, 114, and 112, respectively. Houston held the edge in pitching, ranking 8th in ERA, while the Rangers were 18th. But both teams were equal in terms of team pitching WAR at 15.2.
The Astros held a 9-4 season series advantage with several high-scoring, one-run games. But towards the season’s end, the Astros swept the Rangers in Arlington, scoring a record number of runs.
Perhaps second-half splits are more meaningful.
In the second half, the Astros resembled the 27 Yankees and were second in MLB with a 127 wRC+. The Rangers declined to 10th with a 110.
Astros pitching declined to 16th in MLB in ERA in the second half, while the Rangers remained at 18.
Injuries plagued the Astros more in the first half, but the Rangers more in the second half. Both teams come into the series relatively healthy, although the status of the Rangers’ Max Scherzer remains unclear.
This is a very broad brush. The devil is in the details. And the matchups. And the intangibles.
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