The Silver Boot Series is just around the corner, and the Texas Rangers are looking to head to Houston with a much stronger will to succeed. The Rangers are third in the AL West Division.
However, a 58-75 season record must prove sufficient for the Rangers as they prepare to face one of their most traditional rivals. The Rangers are all set to take on the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park this Monday evening.
As for the Astros, the team has not given up pursuing the top spot in the league. The Rangers are officially the number two team in the league with an 86-48 season record. The Astros are also at the top in the AL West and remain in pursuit of the top team in the league.
Coming into the Lone Star Series with a couple of hits is one thing. However, for the Rangers, a couple of hits translates to eight straight defeats. The Rangers desperately want to drop a streak that could continue to sink them further.
The Rangers are now tied with the Los Angeles Angels in the standings. There is an eight-win margin between these two teams and the bottom of the division. So the Rangers may still have time to reverse their fate and aim for higher numbers.
For the Rangers, Martin Perez remains one of the most important players in the lineup. Perez now leads the Rangers with a 2.89 earned run average, ten wins, and 144 strikeouts.
The Astros are now at the top of their game. Between them and the second-place Seattle Mariners, there is now a 10-game gap. Between them and their rival for tonight, the Rangers, there is an even more significant gap of 27.5 games.
However, the Astros are now explicitly focused on those differences and have their eyes on the Los Angeles Dodgers. The LA lineup is now at the top of the league standings with a 92-41 season record.
That leaves the Astros just six games from catching up with LA. That is also why top men like Yordan Alvarez and Justin Verlander remain crucial for Houston. Alvarez is now leading the Astros with a .294 batting average and 31 home runs, while Justin Verlander has a 1.84 earned run average and 16 wins.
The Rangers are ready for a rematch in the Lone Star Series. For the Rangers, the total has gone over in eight of their last 11 games. As for the Astros, the total has gone under in six of their previous eight games.
The Rangers are heading to Houston with a 30-37 road record. With no other major mark, the Rangers must prove they have what it takes to break an eight-game losing streak and strike the Astros at the Lone Star Series.
On the other hand, the Astros are not only the second-best team in the league, but they also stand with a 43-20 home record. The Astros also lead league stats and are number one with 78 quality starts and second with a 2.98 earned run average.
As much as the Rangers try to find it within themselves to surpass Houston tonight, everything points to the Astros as the winner of tonight’s matchup.