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The Rangers will look to pull off a three game sweep of the Astros on Wednesday night.
Pitching Matchup: Dallas Keuchel (6-9, 4.99 ERA) vs. Martin Perez (9-5, 3.54 ERA)
Texas has the fortune of playing their final five games at home. After defeating the Houston Astros 12-0 in their first game of this season's series finale, the Rangers beat the Astros 3-2 on Tuesday night.
With Tuesday's win, the Rangers moved within one game of the second wild card spot, trailing the Cleveland Indians and the Tampa Bay Rays. Texas has a legitimate shot to climb into the second slot by the time Wednesday is over, as they look to sweep Houston in the three game series.
Dallas Keuchel is in line to toe the mound for Houston in this game, and like most of their pitchers, Keuchel has struggled this season.
The 25-year-old lefty has posted a 6-9 record this season with a 4.99 ERA. This will be Keuchel's fourth matchup against the Rangers on the season, and it could prove to be favorable for them.
In his first three games against the Rangers, Keuchel has gone a total of 19.2 innings, giving up a total of nine earned runs, posting a 4.22 ERA against Texas while surrendering 19 hits and striking out 15. Texas' runs per game average this month could pose a little bit of doubt regarding the success they should have against Keuchel, but they're no stranger to him.
His last outing against Texas was ironically his longest outing of the season, but also his worst against them. Keuchel went 8.2 innings but gave up eight hits and five earned runs, earning his only loss to the Rangers this season. They've likely figured him out by now and know what to expect out of him, which could lead to another outing similar to the last time they faced him.
Martin Perez has been a pleasant surprise for Texas this season, and posted his only complete game of the season against the Astros on August 11. Perez allowed just four hits and one earned while striking out a season high eight batters.
With a 51-107 record, Houston is the worst team in all of baseball. Expect a win from the Rangers in a game that they should be favored to win, and in a game they must win in effort to make the postseason.
Projected Score: Texas 6 Houston 3