Astros take on the Rangers with series tied 1-1

August 11, 2022 GMT

Texas Rangers (49-61, third in the AL West) vs. Houston Astros (71-41, first in the AL West)

Houston; Thursday, 2:10 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Rangers: Cole Ragans (0-0, .00 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, three strikeouts); Astros: Framber Valdez (10-4, 2.87 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 120 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Astros -319, Rangers +255; over/under is 8 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The Houston Astros and Texas Rangers meet on Thursday with the three-game series tied 1-1.

Houston is 35-18 at home and 71-41 overall. The Astros rank third in the majors with 154 total home runs, averaging 1.4 per game.

Texas has a 26-30 record in road games and a 49-61 record overall. Rangers hitters have a collective .397 slugging percentage to rank sixth in the AL.

Thursday’s game is the 14th meeting between these teams this season. The Astros are up 9-4 in the season series.

TOP PERFORMERS: Yordan Alvarez leads the Astros with 48 extra base hits (15 doubles, two triples and 31 home runs). Trey Mancini is 5-for-19 with three home runs and seven RBI over the last 10 games.

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Marcus Semien has 18 doubles, three triples, 16 home runs and 54 RBI while hitting .239 for the Rangers. Nate Lowe is 13-for-38 with two doubles and a home run over the past 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Astros: 5-5, .236 batting average, 2.80 ERA, outscored opponents by 10 runs

Rangers: 4-6, .233 batting average, 4.10 ERA, outscored by seven runs

INJURIES: Astros: Jason Castro: 60-Day IL (knee), Blake Taylor: 60-Day IL (elbow), Michael Brantley: 10-Day IL (shoulder), Josh James: 60-Day IL (lat), Lance McCullers Jr.: 60-Day IL (forearm)

Rangers: Spencer Howard: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Dennis Santana: 15-Day IL (ankle), Kole Calhoun: 10-Day IL (heel), Jon Gray: 15-Day IL (side), Joe Barlow: 15-Day IL (blister), Mitch Garver: 60-Day IL (forearm), Eli White: 60-Day IL (wrist)

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.