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Series Preview: Houston Astros @ Texas Rangers - Safe at Home

Opening Day Texas style as the Rangers open up The Ballpark for the visiting Astros

The Year of Holland begins
The Year of Holland begins
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Short and sweet:

Welcome home.

Series Schedule:

Friday, April 10 3:05 pm: Collin McHugh vs Derek Holland

Saturday, April 11 7:05 pm: Roberto Hernandez vs Yovani Gallardo

Sunday, April 12 2:05 pm: Colby Lewis vs Dallas Keuchel

Go Rangers!

Houston Astros (1-2, 4th Place in AL West)

Rangers' 2014 Record vs. Astros: 8-11 (5-4 at The Ballpark)

Houston's Recent Results: 1-2 series loss to the Cleveland Indians

Houston's 2014 Road Record: 32-49

The Ballpark 2014 Park Factors (LHB/RHB): HR: 102/88 - Runs: 110/101

SB Nation Astros Blog: The Crawfish Boxes

Match-up: (as of 04/10) Rangers Astros Advantage
Batting (RAR) -5.3 (27th) -8.1 (29th) Who knows?
Base Running (RAR) -0.2 (1st) 0.7 (30th) Astros, perhaps
Starters (RAR) Ace Holland Collin Mcwho? Not Fausto Carmona, for sure
Bullpen (RAR) 0.2 (17th) 0.6 (10th) Who needs a LOOGY when you've got Anthony Bass?
Defense (UZR) At least they reversed one of Elvis' errors Jose Altuve's UZR is inflated by his height We've got Adrian Beltre!
Overall (UZR + RAR) It's too early Doesn't matter Rangers! (Probably)

Questions to Answer:

  • Yay or Nay: The Rangers have a winning record against the Astros this season?
  • Who is your Return of the McLemore Approved Player to Watch in this series? (Give me Shin-Soo Choo setting the tone in the No. 2 hole.)
  • Over/Under: 7.5 at bats before Prince Fielder's first homer at The Globe this year?
  • What's your guess for line (IP/H/K/BB/ER) by Derek Holland in his first start of 2015 today?
  • What is your prediction for the outcome of this series?