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The Houston Astros visit the Texas Rangers on 5/22/2021 at 4:05PM.

The Astros and the Rangers face off in an regular season game. The Astros have a record of 26-26 this season. The Rangers are 20-27 this season.

Starting Pitcher and Lineup for the Houston Astros

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Lance McCullers Jr. is 3-1 this season with an ERA of 2.7 in 46.2 innings pitched across 8 starts. He has a WHIP of 1.07 and yields an opponent Batting Average of 0.173. Lance McCullers Jr.’s pitching repetoire includes:

  • A Fastball that is on average 93.7 mph.
  • A Slider that is on average 85.9 mph.
  • A Cutter that is on average 88.1 mph.
  • A Curveball that is on average 84.5 mph.
  • A Changeup that is on average 85.9 mph.

Lance McCullers Jr. has shown a penchant for forcing hitters to hit ground balls. In fact, 55.5% of balls in play were on the ground. Does this mean he is attracting soft contact though? Those ground balls are getting up the middle and through the 5 1/2 hole for hits, but his infield is also putting in work to getting to the balls too.

Yuli Gurriel

Yuli Gurriel has hit 7 Home Runs, drove in 37 runs, and sports a .331 batting average this season. He also has scored 22 runs this season and stolen 0 bases.

He is considered a very good hitter according to OPS. .958 is his OPS this season, can it go higher?Yuli Gurriel would be considered a power hitter this season, although he is not one of the top pure power hitters.

He is an above average hitter when came to his ability to draw walks with a 11.4% walk rate. He has a K Rate of 10.3% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Yuli Gurriel put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 37.5%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 43.8%
  • Line Drive Rate: 18.8%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 17.4%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 47.2%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 35.4%


Yordan Alvarez

Yordan Alvarez has hit 7 Home Runs, drove in 25 runs, and sports a .329 batting average this season. He also has scored 28 runs this season and stolen 0 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. Yordan Alvarez would be considered a power hitter this season, although he is not one of the top pure power hitters.

He is below average with his 3.1% walk rate, drawing walks may not necessarily be that important or the opportunity may not arise as much. Striking out a bit more than your average hitter with a K Rate of 25.6%, it is not ideal, but… still a weakness. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Yordan Alvarez put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 35.8%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 38.5%
  • Line Drive Rate: 25.7%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 13.6%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 56.4%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 30.0%


Alex Bregman

Alex Bregman has hit 5 Home Runs, drove in 24 runs, and sports a .313 batting average this season. He also has scored 26 runs this season and stolen 0 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

He is an above average hitter when came to his ability to draw walks with a 11.4% walk rate. He has a K Rate of 14.4% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Alex Bregman put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 43.1%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 35.8%
  • Line Drive Rate: 21.1%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 18.7%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 48.0%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 33.3%


Michael Brantley

Michael Brantley has hit 3 Home Runs, drove in 14 runs, and sports a .310 batting average this season. He also has scored 24 runs this season and stolen 0 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

He is below average with his 5.3% walk rate, drawing walks may not necessarily be that important or the opportunity may not arise as much. He has a K Rate of 13.0% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Michael Brantley put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 44.9%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 24.3%
  • Line Drive Rate: 30.9%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 10.9%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 48.9%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 40.1%


Jose Altuve

Jose Altuve has hit 5 Home Runs, drove in 19 runs, and sports a .308 batting average this season. He also has scored 26 runs this season and stolen 1 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

He is an above average hitter when came to his ability to draw walks with a 8.8% walk rate. He has a K Rate of 12.5% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Jose Altuve put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 40.7%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 29.3%
  • Line Drive Rate: 30.1%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 18.3%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 46.8%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 34.9%


Carlos Correa

Carlos Correa has hit 6 Home Runs, drove in 22 runs, and sports a .269 batting average this season. He also has scored 28 runs this season and stolen 0 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

He is an above average hitter when came to his ability to draw walks with a 8.2% walk rate. He has a K Rate of 15.8% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Carlos Correa put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 41.7%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 35.3%
  • Line Drive Rate: 23.0%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 16.7%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 47.1%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 36.2%


Kyle Tucker

Kyle Tucker has hit 10 Home Runs, drove in 28 runs, and sports a .231 batting average this season. He also has scored 30 runs this season and stolen 3 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. Kyle Tucker would be considered a power hitter this season, although he is not one of the top pure power hitters.

He is an above average hitter when came to his ability to draw walks with a 8.3% walk rate. He has a K Rate of 16.7% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Kyle Tucker put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 37.1%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 43.9%
  • Line Drive Rate: 18.9%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 13.5%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 44.4%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 42.1%


Chas McCormick

Chas McCormick has hit 2 Home Runs, drove in 12 runs, and sports a .176 batting average this season. He also has scored 9 runs this season and stolen 1 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. Chas McCormick would be considered a power hitter this season, although he is not one of the top pure power hitters.

He is below average with his 5.1% walk rate, drawing walks may not necessarily be that important or the opportunity may not arise as much. Striking out a bit more than your average hitter with a K Rate of 28.2%, it is not ideal, but… still a weakness. He is not getting on base this season as much as he or his manager hope.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Chas McCormick put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 29.2%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 54.2%
  • Line Drive Rate: 16.7%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 16.7%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 54.2%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 29.2%


Martin Maldonado

Martin Maldonado has hit 3 Home Runs, drove in 8 runs, and sports a .157 batting average this season. He also has scored 9 runs this season and stolen 0 bases.

A below-average OPS of .516 has been disappointing thus far for Martin Maldonado. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

He is an above average hitter when came to his ability to draw walks with a 7.6% walk rate. Striking out a bit more than your average hitter with a K Rate of 33.9%, it is not ideal, but… still a weakness. He is not getting on base this season as much as he or his manager hope.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Martin Maldonado put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 36.4%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 39.4%
  • Line Drive Rate: 24.2%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 13.2%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 64.7%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 22.1%


Lance McCullers Jr.

Lance McCullers Jr. has hit 0 Home Runs, drove in 0 runs, and sports a .000 batting average this season. He also has scored 0 runs this season and stolen 0 bases.

These struggles make him very replaceable in the lineup. His OPS is .000. He would not be classified as a power hitter this season.

He is a free swinger and his walk rate this season indicates it thus far, it is presently 0.0%. He avoids strikeouts quite well, he is FAR better than your average hitter. If he is getting an out, he made contact to get there. He is one of laggards in MLB at On-Base Percentage with a .000 OBP.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Lance McCullers Jr. put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 0.0%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 0.0%
  • Line Drive Rate: 0.0%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 0.0%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 0.0%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 0.0%


Starting Pitcher and Lineup for the Texas Rangers

Jordan Lyles is 2-3 this season with an ERA of 5.93 in 44.0 innings pitched across 9 starts. He has a WHIP of 1.55 and yields an opponent Batting Average of 0.292. Jordan Lyles’s pitching repetoire includes:

  • A Fastball that is on average 92.8 mph.
  • A Slider that is on average 85.0 mph.
  • A Curveball that is on average 80.1 mph.
  • A Changeup that is on average 86.0 mph.

Here is a breakdown of the type of contacted balls Jordan Lyles has attracted this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 35.6%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 42.4%
  • Line Drive Rate: 22.0%

He has attracted the following types of contact velocities:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 14.7%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 45.6%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 39.7%

Adolis Garcia

Adolis Garcia has hit 12 Home Runs, drove in 35 runs, and sports a .291 batting average this season. He also has scored 21 runs this season and stolen 5 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. Adolis Garcia would be considered a power hitter this season, although he is not one of the top pure power hitters.

He is below average with his 5.3% walk rate, drawing walks may not necessarily be that important or the opportunity may not arise as much. Striking out a bit more than your average hitter with a K Rate of 27.2%, it is not ideal, but… still a weakness. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Adolis Garcia put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 39.6%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 40.6%
  • Line Drive Rate: 19.8%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 5.0%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 53.5%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 41.6%


Nick Solak

Nick Solak has hit 8 Home Runs, drove in 21 runs, and sports a .257 batting average this season. He also has scored 31 runs this season and stolen 2 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

He is below average with his 6.5% walk rate, drawing walks may not necessarily be that important or the opportunity may not arise as much. Striking out a bit more than your average hitter with a K Rate of 26.1%, it is not ideal, but… still a weakness. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Nick Solak put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 43.7%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 34.1%
  • Line Drive Rate: 22.2%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 13.4%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 54.3%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 32.3%


Nate Lowe

Nate Lowe has hit 7 Home Runs, drove in 27 runs, and sports a .254 batting average this season. He also has scored 21 runs this season and stolen 4 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

His ability to draw walks is quite good. He is a selective hitter sporting a 12.9% walk rate. Striking out a bit more than your average hitter with a K Rate of 26.9%, it is not ideal, but… still a weakness. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Nate Lowe put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 50.0%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 25.8%
  • Line Drive Rate: 24.2%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 13.3%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 50.8%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 35.8%


Willie Calhoun

Willie Calhoun has hit 5 Home Runs, drove in 11 runs, and sports a .270 batting average this season. He also has scored 13 runs this season and stolen 0 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

He is below average with his 6.7% walk rate, drawing walks may not necessarily be that important or the opportunity may not arise as much. He has a K Rate of 12.5% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Willie Calhoun put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 39.6%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 39.6%
  • Line Drive Rate: 20.8%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 12.5%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 45.8%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 41.7%


Joey Gallo

Joey Gallo has hit 7 Home Runs, drove in 21 runs, and sports a .211 batting average this season. He also has scored 23 runs this season and stolen 2 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

He is very well known for his ability to draw walks with a 17.6% walk rate. Striking out a bit more than your average hitter with a K Rate of 34.6%, it is not ideal, but… still a weakness. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Joey Gallo put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 40.5%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 39.3%
  • Line Drive Rate: 20.2%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 18.4%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 47.1%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 34.5%


Isiah Kiner-Falefa

Isiah Kiner-Falefa has hit 5 Home Runs, drove in 18 runs, and sports a .281 batting average this season. He also has scored 28 runs this season and stolen 10 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

He is below average with his 4.0% walk rate, drawing walks may not necessarily be that important or the opportunity may not arise as much. He has a K Rate of 17.1% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Isiah Kiner-Falefa put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 59.2%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 21.7%
  • Line Drive Rate: 19.1%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 13.1%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 58.2%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 28.8%


Charlie Culberson

Charlie Culberson has hit 3 Home Runs, drove in 11 runs, and sports a .255 batting average this season. He also has scored 8 runs this season and stolen 2 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

He is below average with his 6.8% walk rate, drawing walks may not necessarily be that important or the opportunity may not arise as much. Striking out a bit more than your average hitter with a K Rate of 27.2%, it is not ideal, but… still a weakness. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Charlie Culberson put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 43.3%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 34.3%
  • Line Drive Rate: 22.4%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 14.7%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 55.9%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 29.4%


Jose Trevino

Jose Trevino has hit 1 Home Runs, drove in 7 runs, and sports a .257 batting average this season. He also has scored 10 runs this season and stolen 0 bases.

A below-average OPS of .577 has been disappointing thus far for Jose Trevino. He is not considered a power hitter this season, but this could change.

He is below average with his 2.7% walk rate, drawing walks may not necessarily be that important or the opportunity may not arise as much. He has a K Rate of 23.4% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Jose Trevino put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 48.1%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 22.2%
  • Line Drive Rate: 29.6%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 11.0%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 63.4%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 25.6%


Khris Davis

Khris Davis has hit 0 Home Runs, drove in 1 runs, and sports a .174 batting average this season. He also has scored 3 runs this season and stolen 0 bases.

A below-average OPS of .492 has been disappointing thus far for Khris Davis. He is not considered a power hitter this season, but this could change.

He is an above average hitter when came to his ability to draw walks with a 7.7% walk rate. Striking out a bit more than your average hitter with a K Rate of 26.9%, it is not ideal, but… still a weakness. He is not getting on base this season as much as he or his manager hope.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Khris Davis put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 64.7%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 23.5%
  • Line Drive Rate: 11.8%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 5.9%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 82.4%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 11.8%


Jordan Lyles

Jordan Lyles has hit 0 Home Runs, drove in 0 runs, and sports a .000 batting average this season. He also has scored 0 runs this season and stolen 0 bases.

These struggles make him very replaceable in the lineup. His OPS is .000. He would not be classified as a power hitter this season.

He is a free swinger and his walk rate this season indicates it thus far, it is presently 0.0%. He strikes out a lot and his strikeout rate is indicative of his struggles with making contact, 100.0%. He is one of laggards in MLB at On-Base Percentage with a .000 OBP.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Jordan Lyles put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 0.0%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 0.0%
  • Line Drive Rate: 0.0%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 0.0%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 0.0%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 0.0%


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