Pitching Prospects: Rangers: Glenn Otto (1-1, 6.38 ERA, 1.42 whips, 16 strikeouts); Astros: Framber Valdez (2-2, 2.93 ERA, 1.28 whips, 32 strikeouts)
fanduel sportsbook Line: Astro-206, Rangers +174; over/under is 8 1/2 runs
Bottom line: The Texas Rangers will look to continue their four-game winning streak when they visit the Houston Astros.
Houston is 9-4 in home games and 24-14 on aggregate. The Astros have a third-ranked team slugging percentage in the AL at .416.
Texas has a 10-12 record at home and a 17-19 record overall. Rangers finished 10th in MLB play with a total of 39 home runs.
Thursday’s game is the fifth time these teams are hitting boundaries this season. The Astros lead 3-1 in the season series.
Top Performer: Kyle Tucker has six doubles and seven home runs for the Astros. Jose Altuve is 10 for 38 in the last 10 matches with two doubles and four home runs.
Jonah Heim has five doubles and four home runs for Rangers. Cole Calhoun is 12-for-30 with two doubles, one triple and four home runs in the last 10 matches.
Last 10 games: Astros: 7-3, .259 batting average, 2.90 ERA, beat opponents by 31 runs
Rangers: 6-4, .224 batting average, 4.00 ERA, outscore by two runs
Injuries: Astros: Taylor Jones: 60-Day IL (Back), Lance McCullers Jr.: 60-Day IL (Forearm), Jacob Meyers: 10-Day IL (Shoulder)
Rangers: Mitch Garver: 10-day IL (flexor strain), Albert Abreu: 15-day IL (ankle), Jose Leclerc: 60-day IL (elbow), Jonathan Hernandez: 60-day IL (elbow)