Greinke expected to start for the Astros against the Rangers

Texas Rangers (25-42, fifth in the AL West) vs. Houston Astros (38-28, second in the AL West)

Houston; Wednesday, 8:10 p.m. EDT


PITCHING PROBABLES: Rangers: Jordan Lyles (2-4, 5.37 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 57 strikeouts) Astros: Zack Greinke (6-2, 3.68 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 62 strikeouts)

LINE: Astros -235, Rangers +196; over/under is 8 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The Texas Rangers head to take on the Houston Astros on Wednesday.

The Astros are 22-12 against AL West teams. Houston has slugged .445, good for second in the American League. Yuli Gurriel leads the team with a .529 slugging percentage, including 27 extra-base hits and 10 home runs.

The Rangers are 8-15 in division play. The Texas offense has compiled a .229 batting average as a team this season, Isiah Kiner-Falefa leads the team with a mark of .290.


The Astros won the last meeting 6-3. Ryan Pressly earned his third victory and Jose Altuve went 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI for Houston. Demarcus Evans took his second loss for Texas.

TOP PERFORMERS: Gurriel leads the Astros with 71 hits and has 48 RBI.

Adolis Garcia leads the Rangers with 22 extra base hits and is slugging .523.

LAST 10 GAMES: Astros: 7-3, .325 batting average, 3.38 ERA, outscored opponents by 31 runs

Rangers: 3-7, .231 batting average, 5.26 ERA, outscored by 22 runs


INJURIES: Astros: Justin Verlander: (elbow), Joe Smith: (undisclosed), Austin Pruitt: (elbow), Enoli Paredes: (shoulder), Josh James: (hip), Kent Emanuel: (elbow), Pedro Baez: (right shoulder), Bryan Abreu: (calf), Aledmys Diaz: (hand).

Rangers: Hunter Wood: (elbow), Jose Leclerc: (elbow), Ian Kennedy: (hamstring), Jonathan Hernandez: (elbow), Kyle Cody: (right shoulder), Matt Bush: (elbow), Kohei Arihara: (finger), David Dahl: (rib), Ronald Guzman: (knee), Sam Huff: (hamstring).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.
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