With right-hander Jake Odorizzi leaving with a right foot injury of undetermined severity, the Houston Astros might have viewed their road victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday as costly.
However, it was hard to see Monday night’s events negatively considering the performance of rookie outfielder Jose Siri. A long-time minor-league player who made his big-league debut on September 3, Siri scored twice, produced five runs and finished 4-5 in the Astros’ 15-1 win.
Siri became the first player since RBIs became an official statistic (1920) to record four hits, two homers and five RBIs in his first career start.
The 26-year-old Dominican Republic native will seek a call-back on Tuesday in Game 2 of the four-game series.
“I feel really happy,” Siri said. “I am proud of myself.”
In what Astros manager Dusty Baker called a “great night,” Siri took advantage of a chance to start with veteran Michael Brantley slowed down by knee pain. Baker considered Siri the best option given the combination of his speed and the extent of left field in Arlington, TX.
“We needed it,” Baker said. “He worked hard for it, he was part of a few organizations. When we got him in spring training, we liked his skill level. He has power, he has speed, he has has a great arm. Sometimes it takes a guy a while to get together. “
Right-hander Zack Greinke (11-5, 3.66 ERA) will start for the Astros on Tuesday. Greinke faced Texas in his most recent start, allowing six runs on nine hits and two walks with one strikeout in addition to four innings in the Astros’ 13-2 road loss on Aug. 29. He comes back from a passage on the COVID-19 injury list.
Greinke, 1-2 with a 3.72 ERA in five starts last month, is 7-7 with a 3.38 ERA in 22 career games – 20 starts – against the Rangers, including a 3-1 and a 5.16 ERA in four starts this season.
Right-hander Jordan Lyles (8-11, 5.43 ERA) is the planned starter for the Rangers. He just made his second appearance in relief of the season on September 7. Lyles pitched seven innings and allowed one run on three hits and two walks with three strikeouts while working in tandem with rookie right-hander Spencer Howard in Texas 3-1 win in Arizona.
Lyles, who got off to a quality start in his most recent start, against Colorado on Aug. 31, and is 3-1 with a 4.81 ERA in his last four outings.
Lyles is 1-2 with a 4.81 ERA in seven career appearances (five starts) against the Astros, whom he pitched from 2011 to 2013. He is 0-1 with an ERA of 7.84 in two starts against them in 2021.
The Astros (84-59) made it tough for a pair of rookie Rangers right-hangers on Monday. Howard and AJ Alexy combined to allow 12 runs on 10 hits and five walks in five innings.
Howard, acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies by the trade deadline, and Alexy, who is part of the 2017 trade that sent Yu Darvish to the Los Angeles Dodgers, both have bright futures with the Rangers (53-90 ).
“Overall it’s a good learning time,” said Rangers coach Chris Woodward. “I think more of Howard’s case. I think he needs to fix and clean up some things. In Alexy’s case, he’s learned to deal with a tough line-up. You have to execute throws and you have to attack them. . If you don’t, they’ll charge you. “
– Field level media