Rangers look to end 3-game losing streak
Houston; Sunday, 2 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Texas enters the matchup as losers of their last three games.
The Astros are 14-5 against opponents from the AL West. Houston’s team on-base percentage of .349 is second in the American League. Robinson Chirinos leads the lineup with an OBP of .405.
The Rangers are 11-14 against the rest of their division. The Texas pitching staff has a team ERA of 5.24, Lance Lynn leads the staff with a mark of 5.48. The Astros won the last meeting 11-4. Gerrit Cole recorded his fourth victory and Aledmys Diaz went 1-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs for Houston. Drew Smyly registered his third loss for Texas.
Elvis Andrus leads the Rangers with 48 hits and has 23 RBIs. Hunter Pence is 8-for-21 with three doubles, four home runs and 11 RBIs over the last 10 games for Texas.
LAST 10 GAMES: Astros: 7-3, .295 batting average, 4.30 ERA, outscored opponents by 21 runs
Rangers: 3-7, .195 batting average, 4.45 ERA, outscored by four runs
Rangers Injuries: Edinson Volquez: 60-day IL (elbow), Yohander Mendez: 60-day IL (elbow), Shawn Kelley: 10-day IL (infection), Taylor Hearn: 10-day IL (elbow), Luke Farrell: 60-day IL (jaw), Scott Heineman: 60-day IL (shoulder).