The Texas Rangers have attempted to keep up with their Silver Boot Classic rivals. Yet, so far, they have struggled just to catch up. The Rangers are now 48-61 in the current season. That has allowed Texas to stand in the third overall spot of the AL West Division.
However, with over a 20-win gap between them and the Houston Astros, the Rangers are still unwilling to give up in the current Lone Star Series.
The Rangers are all set to visit the Astros for game two of the state showdown at Minute Maid Park tonight. As for the Astros, the team has now surpassed the 70-win mark. With a 71-40 record, the Astros have now tied the New York Yankees but have also fallen short of keeping up with the New York Mets and more so with the Los Angeles Dodgers. That is why every win counts as the Astros attempt to make their way to the top of the season standings.
The Rangers might not have what it takes to surpass the Astros. After all, they did drop the first game of the series against their Texas rivals last night in a game that finished 7-5 in favor of Houston. However, the Rangers seem willing to put up a fight and make the most of every chance they get to keep climbing.
For the Rangers, Martin Perez remains at the top in pitching. Perez is now leading with a 2.85 earned run average, nine wins, and an outstanding record of 118 strikeouts throughout the current season.
The Astros did their part in game one. Still, with home-field advantage, the Astros have what it takes to finish the series against the Rangers with a solid lead.
For the Astros, the goal is clear. Now, it’s the Dodgers they are chasing. However, the gap is now at five wins, and with a new chance to prove it tonight, the Astros have an excellent opportunity to narrow that gap.
For Houston, Yordan Alvarez remains one of the most important players on the field. Alvarez is now standing with a .297 batting average, 30 home runs, and 73 runs batted in.
It’s all set for a Texas showdown tonight. The Rangers’ total has gone under in five of their last six games when playing on a Wednesday night. As for the Astros, the total has gone under in seven of their previous nine games.
The Rangers are still willing to put up a fight. For Texas, a 25-30 road record has proven to be more than solid against other rivals. After all, a 7-5 defeat to Houston does not speak in favor of the Astros being overly dominating.
As for Houston, a 35-17 home record has delivered a statement. The Astros are also first in the league with 64 quality starts and a .210 BAA. They are also number two with a 2.99 earned run average and a 1.09 WHIP.
The Astros seem to be the dominant team, and although it might not come easy, they should also be able to surpass their state rivals again tonight.
Godds Pick/Prediction: The Astros win and the under hits.