Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Jordan Lyles
Darvish (7-4, 3.72): The 25-year-old leads the Rangers in strikeouts with 77. ... His seven wins are second most on the Rangers pitching staff and he has allowed the fewest hits of any active Rangers starter (66) through 72.2 innings pitched. ... He also leads the Rangers in walks with 44. ... He has seen his production slide in recent starts as he is on a two-game losing streak, posting a 6.17 ERA through 11.2 innings in June. ... His ERA has steadily increased each month by about two runs (2.18 in April, 4.50 in May, 6.17 in June). ... He is 5-0 at home with a 3.38 ERA through 32 innings. ... He has never faced the Astros.
Lyles (1-2, 5.40): The 21-year-old has only started six games this year, allowing 37 hits and 14 walks through 33.1 innings. ... He has had his lowest ERA in road games, posting a 5.06 ERA through four starts and 21.1 innings compared to a 6.00 ERA at home. ... He pitched 4.1 innings in his last start against the White Sox, allowing seven hits, five runs and three walks with no strikeouts. ... His first loss came in his start against the Rangers in May, when he posted a 5.29 ERA, allowing nine hits (one home run) and three walks. ... He has never beaten the Rangers, getting credit for two losses in three starts (Astros lost all three starts).
Hitters: Darvish has never faced an Astros hitter. ... Ranger hitters are 19-for-63 against Lyles, including four home runs. ... Josh Hamilton is 4-for-7 with a home run and a walk. ... Ian Kinsler is 3-for-8 with two RBIs and four walks. ... Michael Young is 3-for-9 with one home run and two strikeouts. ... Adrian Beltre is 1-for-9 with a strikeout.
Sat. vs. Hou.: RHP Justin Grimm vs. RHP Lucas Harrell (6-4, 4.83), 6:15 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM, FOX.
Sun. vs. Hou.: RHP Colby Lewis (5-5, 3.13) vs. RHP Bud Norris (5-4, 4.81), 2:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM, FSSW.
103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS
Play Podcast Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett for his weekly visit to discuss a hypothetical Jurickson Profar for Cliff Lee trade, how he would handle Profar's playing time with the Rangers and more.
Play Podcast Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus joins Galloway & Company to discuss having Scott Boras as his agent, his new contract and having Jurickson Profar in the lineup.
Play Podcast Rangers manager Ron Washington joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett for his weekly visit to discuss Yu Darvish's pitch count and how he spends time in the clubhouse during weather delays.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway & Company for his weekly visit to discuss the latest Rangers news.
Play Podcast Reid Ryan joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss his new position with the Houston Astros and whether he could see his dad, Nolan, joining him there in the future.
Play Podcast ESPN MLB Insider Jayson Stark joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss if the Rangers are the best team in baseball, what makes them so good and if he thinks the team will trade Jurickson Profar.
Play Podcast Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss Ron Washington's decision to send Yu Darvish to the mound for the eighth inning Thursday night and how he would handle a situation like that if he were still a GM.
Play Podcast Randy Galloway, Matt Mosley and Glenn "Stretch" Smith discuss the latest Rangers news, including the Yu Darvish-Justin Verlander matchup.
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