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Lone Star Series

In Houston Astros 2010 Season on June 25, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Houston will travel to Texas to continue the Lone Star Series. Already down 0-3 in the series, the Astros look to continue their two game win steak as they were able to take 2 of 3. The Texas Rangers have been the hottest team in baseball the past two weeks winning eleven straight and the last 14 of 15. They also sit comfortably atop of the A.L. West by 4.5 games. This series means a lot to both ball clubs as they Rangers would like to maintain the Silver Boot for the fourth straight year. Also if the Rangers can win the series, it will help maintain their lead over the Angels before they head to Angel Stadium in their next series. For the Astros, redemption is obviously in their eyes. A sweep over the Rangers would tie the series for the season and salvage some respect. Houston does sit 4.5 back of the Brewers who have won four straight.

Brian Moehler will take the mound for the Astros as he is still searching for his first win, 0-4. Moehler last outing was versus the Rangers where he only gave up one two runs through six innings. Unfortunately the Astros only salvaged one run and Moehler was notched with his fourth loss. Hunter Pence has been hot as of lately batting over .320 in his last nine games. New catcher Jason Castro will be making his fourth start of the season. Castro was able to go 2 for 3 with a home-run in a 7-5 victory over the Giants.

Texas will have 7-4 Colby Lewis taking the mound for them. Lewis has won his last three starts and has only given up four runs in those three starts. The Rangers offense ranks third overall behind the Red Sox and Yankees. They are tied with the Kansas City Royals with the highest batting average. Josh Hamilton has continued his hot streak has he is now batting .345 which puts him third overall. He also is riding an 18 game hitting streak. During this streak, Hamilton has hit eight home-runs, 24 RBI and helped sky-rocket his batting avg. by .45. Another big bat that will be a concern for Houston is Vladimir Guerrero. He has been the most consistent hitter all season and this has shown as he is second overall in RBIs.

If you were a betting man, putting money on the Rangers to win the series would be a smart thing. I could see them easily sweep the Astros as now they will be at home. If Houston has any shot of taking a game, it will be when Roy Oswalt takes the mound in game 3. Also his performance could determine how hard the Rangers come after him for a trade.

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