Rangers look to end slide in game with Astros
Texas Rangers (58-75, third in AL West) vs. Houston Astros (86-48, first in AL West)
Houston; Monday, 7:10 p.m. EDT
LIKELY TO PITCH: Rangers: Martin Perez (10-5, 2.89 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 144 strikeouts); Astros: Hunter Brown (0-0)
FANDUEL SPORTS BOOK LINE: Astros -165, Rangers +140; over/under is 8 points
BOTTOM LINE: The Texas Rangers head into the game against the Houston Astros after losing eight straight.
Houston went 43-20 at home and 86-48 overall. The Astros batters have a collective .318 on-base percentage, the 10th-best percentage in MLB play.
Texas is 30-37 in road games and 58-75 overall. The Rangers are 31-18 in games without conceding a home run.
Monday’s game is the 17th time these teams have met this season. The Astros hold a 12-4 advantage in the season series.
TOP PERFORMERS: Yordan Alvarez leads the Astros with 31 home runs while hitting .593. Jose Altuve is 17 for 40 with six doubles, three home runs and seven RBIs over the last 10 games.
Marcus Semien has 22 doubles, four triples, 21 home runs and 67 RBIs while hitting .243 for the Rangers. Nate Lowe is 17 for 38 with two doubles, a triple and four home runs over the last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Astros: 7-3, .231 batting average, 1.96 ERA, beat opponents by 16 runs
Rangers: 2-8, .268 batting average, 6.59 ERA, outscored by 15 runs
INJURIES: Astros: Martin Maldonado: Day to Day (Illness), Justin Verlander: 15 Day IL (Calf), Ryan Pressly: 15 Day IL (Neck), Aledmys Diaz: 10 Day IL (Groin), Michael Brantley : IL 60 days (shoulder), Jason Castro: IL 60 days (knee), Blake Taylor: IL 60 days (elbow), Josh James: IL 60 days (lat)
Rangers: Josh Sborz: IL 60 days (right elbow), Cole Ragans: IL 15 days (calf), Joe Barlow: IL 15 days (finger), Spencer Howard: IL 15 days (shoulder), Jon Gray: IL 15 days ( side), Mitch Garver: IL 60 days (forearm), Eli White: IL 60 days (wrist)
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.