Rangers vs. Astros ALCS Game 3 Probable Starting Pitching Matchup

Written By PlayPicks Staff on October 17, 2023

The Texas Rangers are at home for Game 3 of the ALCS against the Houston Astros on Wednesday at 8:03 PM ET at Globe Life Field. The Rangers have a 2-0 series lead. The Rangers will call on Max Scherzer (13-6, 3.77 ERA) against the Astros and Cristian Javier (10-5, 4.56 ERA).

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Texas vs. Houston Pitcher Matchup Info

  • When: Wednesday, October 18, 2023 at 8:03 PM ET
  • Where: Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas
  • How to Watch on TV: FS1
  • Probable Pitchers: Scherzer – TEX (13-6, 3.77 ERA) vs Javier – HOU (10-5, 4.56 ERA)

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Rangers vs. Astros Starting Pitcher Stats (2023)

Scherzer Javier
27 GS 31
13-6 W-L 10-5
3.77 ERA 4.56
152.2 IP 162
45 BB 62
174 SO 159

Rangers Probable Starting Pitcher: Max Scherzer

  • His last time out came on Tuesday, Sept. 12 against the Toronto Blue Jays, when the righty tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings while giving up three hits.
  • In 27 games this season, the 39-year-old has put up an ERA of 3.77, with 10.3 strikeouts per nine innings. Opponents are batting .217 against him.
  • Scherzer is trying to pick up his 15th quality start of the season.
  • He has had seven appearances this season in which he did not allow an earned run.
  • Scherzer and his team have a record of 16-10-0 against the spread when he starts.
  • In Scherzer’s 26 starts with a total, the teams have hit the over 13 times.

Scherzer’s Recent Performance

Opponent Date IP H R ER K BB
at Blue Jays Sep. 12 5.1 3 0 0 2 1
vs. Astros Sep. 6 3.0 6 7 7 4 2
vs. Twins Sep. 1 6.0 1 0 0 7 2
at Twins Aug. 26 7.0 4 2 2 10 1
vs. Brewers Aug. 20 3.2 3 3 3 4 4

Astros Probable Starting Pitcher: Cristian Javier

  • The right-hander did not allow a run in five innings pitched on Tuesday, Oct. 10 in his last outing, a matchup with the Minnesota Twins.
  • The 26-year-old has pitched in 31 games this season with an ERA of 4.56, a 2.56 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a WHIP of 1.265.
  • He has earned a quality start 11 times in 31 starts this season.
  • If he manages to end his start without allowing an earned run, he’d extend his streak of 0 ER appearances to three.
  • The 26-year-old’s 4.56 ERA ranks 37th, 1.265 WHIP ranks 31st, and 8.8 K/9 ranks 27th among qualified pitchers in the majors this season.
  • The Astros have a 20-12-0 ATS record in Javier’s 32 starts with a set spread.
  • Javier has had 32 starts with a total this season, and the teams combined to hit the over in 20 of those games.

Javier’s Recent Performance

Opponent Date IP H R ER K BB
at Twins Oct. 10 5.0 1 0 0 9 5
at Diamondbacks Oct. 1 6.0 3 0 0 4 2
at Mariners Sep. 26 4.2 3 4 3 6 3
vs. Orioles Sep. 20 5.0 3 1 1 11 2
at Royals Sep. 15 5.0 5 3 3 6 1

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