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Texas Rangers @ Houston Astros Series Preview

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The first series of the post-Mike Minor Era

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The Rangers are in Houston for their first series between the two teams this season. They’ll have a series against each other every week for the rest of the season except for one.

This will be a three game series. The game one match up will be Luís Garcia for the Rangers and Framber Valdéz for Houston. Garcia will be the opener for Jordan Lyles. This will be the third time in his career that Gracia will be used as an opener. He has good numbers for his career against the Houston. In 10 appearances agains them, he has a 2.61 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 10.1 innings.

Lyles has faced Houston, the team that originally drafted him, just twice in his career, one start and once in relief. In his start last year he went 6.1 innings, giving up two runs on six hits and no walks. He has a 2.16 ERA and 0.72 WHIP in 8.1 innings against the Astros.

Valdéz faced the Rangers four times in 2019, one start, and have up seven runs on nine hits and eight walks in six innings. He has a career 10.50 ERA and 2.83 WHIP in those four appearances.

Tuesday’s matchup will have Kolby Allard coming off taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning against Oakland in his last start, going up against Cristian Javier, who will be making his first ever start against the Rangers. Javier is 3-1 with a 3.77 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in seven games and 31 innings this season. Allard made one start against Houston last season and gave up just two runs in five innings off four hits and four walks.

In the series finale, Lance Lynn will be on for the Rangers and currently Houston is listed as TBD. Lynn has a career 2.59 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 11 games and 66 innings against Houston. Last season he went 1-3 in four starts with a 3.54 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 28 innings against the Astros.