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The Houston Astros took care of business on Opening Weekend against the Texas Rangers, taking three out of four games in Arlington.
The Astros outscored the Rangers by a total run differential of 21-11 with a lineup that mostly resembled that of last seasons’ roster from the World Champion Astros’ squad.
First, let’s talk about the final game of the series in which new acquisition Gerrit Cole made his Astros’ debut in the series finale against the Rangers. In the game where Cole would get the win, he threw 11 K’s, walked three on two hits and one earned run in 7.0 IP.
Not only did Cole shine on the mound, but the bats came alive as well. The Astros scored eight runs, while not scoring one off of a long ball. Four doubles and one triple helped the cause for the eight runs in the game. Also what helped was the 2-out RBI scoring opportunities converted on by Max Stassi and Evan Gattis (2).
The weekend as a whole was successful for the Astros, thanks to a starting rotation that lasted 24 1/3 innings out of the 36 total innings played over the four game stretch. The starting rotation thrown out onto the mound by the Astros didn’t hurt either. Keuchel, Verlander, McCullers Jr. and Cole all contributed in their unique All-Star caliber ways. Keuchel, however, was the only one out of the four to not get a win over the weekend.
Like previously mentioned, the offense for the Astros was dynamite. In fact, the Hit:Run ratio stood at 1.727:1 over the weekend. That means that for every 1.727 hits by the Astros over opening weekend, they scored a run, earned or unearned. That was one of the highest run productions per hit totals in the league over the first weekend of baseball by any team in the Major Leagues.
So, with all of that, the Astros look to make it 4-1 tonight as they take on the Orioles in their first home game since Game 5 of the 2017 World Series in which the Astros won on an Alex Bregman walk-off RBI to take the series lead 3-2 against the NL Champion Los Angeles Dodgers.