The Rangers close out their 2020 season with four games against the Houston Astros at home. And they have the opportunity to play spoiler.
Houston has not yet clinched a playoff spot and the Angels are 2.5 games back for second place in the division. They’re 5-5 for their last 10 and just lost a series against Seattle.
So if Texas can just pull off some magic and win a four game series, just pretend we’re back in 2015 or 2016, it would truly be a great way to end a crapy season.
Houston is setting up their rotation for their playoff appearance, so they don’t have a starter listed for Saturday or Sunday’s game currently.
Tonight’s starter will be Cristian Javier, he’s faced the Rangers once and went 6.2 innings and gave up just one run on two walks and two hits. Overall he’s 4-2 this season with a 3.33 ERA and 0.99 WHIP in 11 games. Lance Lynn will make his final start of the season, in his last five starts against Houston, he’s 1-4, that win coming in July of last year.
Jose Urquidy will take the mound on Friday, when he faced the Rangers on September 15th, he went seven innings and gave up one run on three hits. Kyle Cody will make his second start against the Astros this season. His last start, he went three innings, after having a pitch limit, he gave up just one run on four hits and two walks.
Kyle Gibson will make the start on Saturday, his last start against the Houston was the complete game shut-out, here’s hoping he can channel that outing once again.
Jordan Lyles will close out the season for Texas by making his third start against the Astros. He’s 0-1 this season with a 3.75 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP in 12 innings against them this season. He went seven innings in his last outing against them, gave up two runs on three hits and a walk.