8:10 pm
June 16

Rangers @ Astros

Who will WIN this matchup?

Texas Rangers (25-42)

@ Houston Astros (38-28)


Starting Pitchers:

Lyles (TEX): 2-4; 5.37 ERA

Greinke (HOU) 6-2; 3.68 ERA


Current odds:

Texas Rangers: (+195)

Houston Astros: (-240)


Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker enjoyed his 72nd birthday in grand style on Tuesday, thanks in large part to his All-Star middle infield tandem of Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve. After Correa belted a game-tying, opposite-field home run with two outs and two strikes in the ninth inning, Altuve cranked a walk-off grand slam to lift the Astros to a 6-3 win in 10 innings over the Texas Rangers. Houston has won 11 of 15 games, with the latest proving quite a gift.

Right-hander Zack Greinke (6-2, 3.68 ERA) will start for Houston Wednesday. It will mark the major-league-leading 15th start of the season for Greinke, who posted his shortest outing in his previous start last Thursday, lasting three innings while allowing four runs on seven hits and one walk in the Astros’ 12-8 road loss to the Boston Red Sox. Greinke had allowed one run in three of his previous four starts and posted a 3-1 record with a 2.03 ERA in that stretch. He limited the Rangers to three runs on seven hits and one walk with five strikeouts over seven innings in a 10-4 victory on May 14. He is 5-6 with a 3.04 ERA in 19 career games against Texas.

Right-hander Jordan Lyles (2-4, 5.37 ERA) will start the series finale for the Rangers on Wednesday. Lyles is 1-2 with a 3.92 ERA over his last seven starts and has logged at least five innings in each appearance. He will work on extended rest after not factoring into the decision against the San Francisco Giants after allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits and three walks with three strikeouts over six innings on June 8.

With veteran closer Ian Kennedy on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring strain, the Rangers were forced to piecemeal their way through the latter innings against the Astros. Spencer Patton and Brett Martin excelled in relief of starter Kyle Gibson, combining for four strikeouts over two innings before Josh Sborz recorded two quick outs in the ninth inning. But things quickly went sideways from there, with Sborz allowing a game-tying home run to Correa while in pursuit of just his second career save. Rookie right-hander Demarcus Evans followed by issuing a pair of walks in the 10th to Myles Straw and Jason Castro, both of whom were attempting to bunt, before Altuve delivered the walk-off grand slam that capped the rally.

StreakSmarter Pick
Houston Astros