THE FIELD … ON THE FIELD … ON THE FIELD by Brandon C. Williams
The Astros turn to Brad Peacock in today’s series finale at Texas Rangers at 2:05pm. Having started the season in the bullpen, Peacock is now in the rotation after the club put Joe Musgrove on the disabled list this past week. Peacock, 2-0 with an ERA of 2.38, was tagged for four hits and four runs in 4.2 innings of work in his previous start at Minnesota Twins this past Monday but struck out eight in getting the no-decision. The Rangers, who entered the weekend 12 games behind the Astros in the American League West, will start Martin Perez, who comes into the game with a 2-5 record and a 4.19 ERA.
Hitting the final leg of their road trip, the Astros visit Kansas City Royals in the first of a four-game series beginning at 7:15pm. Houston will start Mike Fiers, who has allowed three runs or less in his last three starts while dropping his ERA to 4.96 in the same span. Fiers evened his record to 2-2 on the season in his last start this past Tuesday when he limited the Twins to two runs and five hits over six innings along with adding eight strikeouts. He will face a Royals team that came into the weekend dead last in the majors in runs scored. As of Friday night, Kansas City had not made an announcement on who will be their starting pitcher.
With Musgrove on the disabled list, the Astros have not made a formal decision on who will make the 7:15pm start against the Royals. Houston may give rookie David Paulino his second big league start after their top pitching prospect struck out eight batters over four innings in his debut at the Twins this past Wednesday. Paulino allowed just two runs on five hits and could stake a claim to the fifth spot in the rotation with a solid outing.