What you can't see on paper, though - the swagger of a team that is defending its franchise's first world championship, the quiet, bubbling vitriol between in-state rivals, in part because of the Rangers' declining to accommodate the Astros in scheduling games past year post-Harvey - those were all evident, too. Sure, Cashner didn't light the world on fire with a.500 record, but he did post a 3.40 ERA and 1.34 WHIP, his best numbers since 2014, which doesn't help a starting rotation that was lacking depth outside of team ace Cole Hamels and maybe Martin Perez. Cole Hamels, who has become the de facto ace of this team, will get a chance to measure up against one of the most unsafe lineups in the majors.
Doug Fister mostly silenced the powerful Houston lineup for five innings in his Texas debut, Nomar Mazara homered for an early lead and the Rangers beat the Astros 5-1 on Friday night. For the second straight year, Springer led off the game and the season with a home run on Hamels' third pitch to put Houston up 1-0 in a blink of the eye.
The Rangers understand that nobody expects them to win the American League West or even earn an AL wild-card spot. While it might seem like the Rangers have a steep hill to climb, the team won division titles in 2015-2016. "It's not always pretty, but do whatever is necessary to win the baseball game". RHP Justin Verlander will have his first Opening Day start for the Houston Astros and his 10th career Opening Day start. In his career, Verlander is 11-6 with a 3.02 ERA and 127 strikeouts against Texas.
- It's the day when every fan and every player can dream of a trip to the World Series. He hit six more homers in the postseason, including five in the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. "I'm excited to be here for a whole season".
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Game two between the Rangers and the Astros is tonight at 7:05 at Globe Life Park.
The Rangers aren't going to be great, but they could be good enough.
Springer hit 34 homers during the regular season past year for the Astros, all from the leadoff spot. "I know we played them really hard the last couple years since I've been here, but last year not so much".