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Texas Rangers/Houston Astros series preview

A depleted Texas Rangers squad heads to Houston for a three game set against the Astros

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The Rangers head to Houston and for the first time in 10 years, they’ll will play a series without Elvis Andrus due to a stint on the disabled list.

So badly do I want to remain optimistic but when your best player who has been playing some amazing baseball for the past two years and has grown into a power hitter fractured his elbow, it feels like the baseball gods are just beating the rangers into the ground.

The Rangers go into this series without four starts, Elvis, DeShields, Odor, and Fister.

Tonight they’ll face Gerrit Cole who has tossed 13 straight scoreless innings. Cole Hamels will take the mound for the Rangers. This will be his eighth start against the Astros since getting traded to the Rangers in 2015.

In Saturday’s late afternoon game, Charlie Morton will get the start for the Astros. This will be his third start of the season, all of which have been home games. He’s gone six innings in both starts. Mike Minor, who has held opponents to a .143 batting average, will make his third start for the Rangers.

As if the Rangers haven’t suffered enough this season, they’ll be the Sunday night ESPN game.

Bartolo Colon is replacing Doug Fister in the rotation and will get the start on Sunday against Justin Verlander. Ace vs. Ace.

It’s gonna be a rough series y’all.