Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – One of the things the Houston Astros have not been able to do this season is getting wins against the Texas Rangers. On the season the Astros hold a 3-13 record versus their I-45 north rivals.
This homestand will feature ex-Astros centerfielder Carlos Gomez who at least Monday night will be batting leadoff and playing left field for the Rangers.
Not many people can put a finger why the young and scrappy Astros aren’t able to get over the hurdle that is the Rangers.
Gomez who spent 85 games with the Astros earlier in the year also can’t really put a finger on the anomaly.
“The only thing I can say, every time you win you play better, there is a reason you win,” Carlos Gomez former Astro said of not being able get past the Rangers, “you pitch (good), you score a lot of runs or you play good defense, every time we played against them that’s what happened, it’s not because (we) didn’t play good, (Rangers) are a good team.”
What Gomez or any of his former Astros teammates would stay is that the Rangers are a mental hurdle they just haven’t been able to over come.
Looking at the two teams you see teams vastly different from each other. The Rangers team has a lot of aging and high-priced vetrans, the Astros have a lot of younger but talented players, but in the games, the two teams have played they are only separated slightly. Of the 16 games, 12 have been decided by 2 runs or less. A lot of those games the Astros have even held a lead but just haven’t been able to seal the deal very many times.
Nothing really goes the Astros way during these games, be it mental, bad juju or whatever it affects everyone, even Jose Altuve who is playing at an MVP level this season only manages a .267 batting average when playing the Rangers.
When you look at the numbers, the Rangers are the best team in the Amercian league only due to their wins over the Astros. If you take out all the times each team has played each, both teams have the exact same number of wins.
Jose Altuve Monday mentioned that all the losses in the previous matchups are behind them and this is a fresh series.
Going forward with only a few games left, a loss against The Rangers counts just as much as one to a last place team. With the Astros 3.5 games back of the second wildcard maybe a certain feeling of desperation will help will the team to a few wins over their in-state rival and in turn help them get closer to making it back to the playoffs.