Sunday update: Hinch fields fifth lineup in six games
The Astros and Rangers finish up their series in Arlington today. It’s Houston’s sixth game of the season and manager A.J. Hinch rolls out his fifth different lineup.
Of note is Marwin Gonzalez getting a start at first base (Chris Carter on the bench) and Jason Castro catching a day game, though after another day game of sorts.
Keuchel on the hill.
Some basic notes as the Astros look to win their first series of the year.
- Houston pitchers have allowed only 10 earned runs this year, resulting in the second best ERA in the American League (2.05).
- Will Harris is quietly becoming a nice addition to the bullpen. He made his 18th consecutive scoreless appearance last night, going all the way back to Aug. 19.
- Altuve, Springer and Lowrie are the only players to start all six games of the season.
- Two Scotts — Feldman and Kazmir — are scheduled to start Monday in Houston’s home game against Oakland.
- Two guys with exploding ERAs will be on the mound Tuesday: Asher Wojciechowski (9.00) and Kendall Graveman (18.90) face each other in Game 2.
- In case you were wondering, Keuchel is 2-3 vs. Texas lifetime; 2-1 in 2014.
- With Carter out of today’s lineup, Hinch is using his third cleanup hitter in six games. Valbuena hit .310/.403/.759 in 16 starts there for the Cubs last season. Yet, he hit 7 of his 16 HRs during limited action at that lineup position.