The Texas Rangers have been struggling as they are third in the AL West with a 18-21 record so far. They will have lefty Taylor Hearn on the bump and he is coming off a no-decision where he threw four innings and allowed three runs on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts against the Los Angeles Angels. The Houston Astros have cooled off a bit as they are 26-15 this season and are looking to pick up a win here. They will be sending righty Jose Urquidy to the mound and is coming off a win against the Boston Red Sox where he threw five innings and gave up four runs on 12 hits with no walks and a strikeout. First pitch is scheduled for 110pm EST.
Texas: Taylor Hearn (LHP) 2-2, 5.46 ERA
Houston: Jose Urquidy (RHP) 3-1, 4.81 ERA
No More Little League Ballpark
The Texas Rangers have been struggling throughout the course of the 2022 season as they are 28th in MLB with a .640 OPS and have a .353 slugging percentage, which is 25th in baseball. Shortstop Corey Seager has done decently well as he has a .765 OPS with eight homers while adding 19 RBI and just 16 walks and 29 strikeouts. He has a .346 batting average and a .433 OBP in his last seven games. The team numbers are a far cry from previous years when the Rangers were known prominently as an offensive powerhouse.
Taylor Hearn has struggled to begin his 2022 season according to his Baseball Savant numbers as he is in the second percentile in barrel percentage, third percentile in xERA, fourth percentile in average exit velocity, and eighth percentile in average exit velocity. Hearn throws five different pitches (fastball, slider, sinker, changeup, cutter) and his changeup has been hit the most as hitters have a .400 batting average and a .619 slugging percentage.
Astros are On Fire
The Houston Astros have been decent offensively to begin the season as they are eighth in MLB with a .721 OPS and only having a team batting average of .232 in the early portion of the year. Shortstop Jeremy Pena has been doing extremely well as he has an .846 OPS with seven home runs and 21 RBI with 10 walks and 31 strikeouts. He has a .265/.333/.531 slash-line in 15 home games thus far and should continue to improve with more experience.
The stars at night. pic.twitter.com/GxdzL7fS8f— Houston Astros (@astros) May 22, 2022
Jose Urquidy has been struggling this season according to his Baseball Savant numbers as he is in the second percentile in xSLG, third percentile in xBA, fourth percentile in xERA, and ninth percentile in average exit velocity. Urquidy throws five different pitches (fastball, changeup, cutter, curveball, slider) and his heater has been a solid pitch as hitters have a .354 batting average and a .620 slugging percentage off of it. He has to continue pitching well and that will help his numbers look better.
Houston: 8-1 in their last 9 games vs LHP
Houston: 17-4 in their last 21 games on grass
- Texas: 18-48 in their last 66 road games vs RHP
- Texas: 23-57 in their last 80 road games