Howard hoped to start as a Texas host in Houston

Houston Astros (83-59, first in AL West) vs. Texas Rangers (53-89, fifth in AL West)

Arlington, Texas; Monday, 8:05 p.m. EDT

PITCHING CHANCE: Astros: Jake Odorizzi (6-7, 4.28 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 85 strikeouts) Rangers: Spencer Howard (0-3, 6.21 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 41 hits)

FANDUEL SPORTS BOOK LINE: Rangers +160, Astros -189; plus / minus is 9 races

BOTTOM LINE: Texas and Houston will square Monday.

The Rangers are 31-37 in home games in 2020. Texas pitching staff averages 7.8 kicks per nine innings, Jordan Lyles leads them with a 7.2 mark.

The Astros are 38-32 on the road. The Houston lineup has 181 homers this season, Yordan Alvarez leads them with 28 homers.

The Rangers won the last game 13-2. Taylor Hearn recorded her fourth win and Adolis Garcia won 3 for 4 with a double, a home run and five RBI for Texas. Zack Greinke got his fifth loss to Houston.

BEST PERFORMANCE: Garcia leads the Rangers with an additional 53 base hits and is batting .245.

Kyle Tucker leads the Astros with an additional 59 base hits and is batting .294.

LAST 10 GAMES: Rangers: 6-4, 0.259 batting average, 4.14 ERA, outscored opponents by three runs

Astros: 5-5, .277 batting average, 4.18 ERA, outscored opponents by five runs

INJURIES: Rangers: Hunter Wood: (elbow), Nick Snyder: (shoulder), Jose Leclerc: (elbow), John King: (shoulder), Jonathan Hernandez: (elbow), Mike Foltynewicz: (covid-19), Kyle Cody : (shoulder), Matt Bush: (elbow), Drew Anderson: (covid-19), Kolby Allard: (illness), Eli White: (elbow), Willie Calhoun: (forearm), Andy Ibanez: (hamstring), Brock Holt: (covid-19), Ronald Guzman: (knee).

Astros: Justin Verlander: (elbow), Andre Scrubb: (shoulder), Rafael Montero: (shoulder), Tyler Ivey: (not revealed), Zack Greinke: (covid-19), Kent Emanuel: (elbow), Pedro Baez: (shoulder), Michael Brantley: (knee), Taylor Jones: (covid-19), Jason Castro: (knee).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and Sportradar data.

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