Lynn expected to start as Rangers host the Astros
Arlington, Texas; Thursday, 8 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: The Rangers are 20-22 against teams from the AL West. TheTexas pitching staff averages 8.5 strikeouts per nine innings, Lance Lynn leads them with a mark of 9.6.
The Astros are 26-7 in division games. The Houston offense has compiled a .269 batting average as a team this season, good for fourth in the majors. Michael Brantley leads the team with an average of .324. This is the first game between these teams in 2019.
LAST 10 GAMES: Rangers: 4-6, .223 batting average, 5.11 ERA, outscored by 12 runs
Astros: 7-3, .284 batting average, 5.32 ERA, outscored by eight runs
Rangers Injuries: Edinson Volquez: 60-day IL (elbow), Jeffrey Springs: 60-day IL (biceps), Yohander Mendez: 60-day IL (elbow), Taylor Hearn: 60-day IL (elbow), Luke Farrell: 60-day IL (jaw), Kyle Dowdy: 10-day IL (elbow), Hunter Pence: 10-day IL (groin), Shin-Soo Choo: day-to-day (ankle), Isiah Kiner-Falefa: 10-day IL (finger).