Cole is 4-2 with a 3.72 ERA over eight career starts against the Rangers with 78 strikeouts in 48 1/3 innings.
The short answers have become as common for the big right-hander as his impressive outings on the mound.
"It was a good game". The over-under for total runs scored is 11. The Houston Astros have won eight of their last nine games when scoring four or more runs. They will have Lance Lynn (11-4, 3.91 ERA) on the mound for this one. He has hit safely in 11 straight games and has homered in five straight. It's an accepted part of the business of professional sports, but while we have come to accept these potential pitfalls, there are sometimes situations where one team gets hammered harder than the rest, especially when talking about injuries.
But that doesn't necessarily mean Houston is the best value on the Astros vs. Rangers money line.
Texas collected four runs in the first inning of the victory Thursday at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.
"Sounds like he got four stitches in his chin", Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. He's got a couple of different versions of it. He is second on the Rangers to All-Star left-hander Mike Minor in bWAR (3.9) and is 5-0 with a 2.85 ERA over his last seven starts with 53 strikeouts against just four walks over 47 1/3 innings. "He's already got such a heavy fastball that gets on you pretty quick".
Lynn has thrown at least 100 pitches in 10 consecutive starts, the second-longest streak in the majors this season - Washington's Max Scherzer had 12 games in a row with at least 100 pitches until last month.
"It's just one game obviously, but it is important", Woodward said.
Jose Leclerc and Chris Martin each pitched an inning to wrap up the fourth shutout for the Rangers this season. Then it was Jose Urquidy.
Rougned Odor, still hitting.198, made it 4-0 when he drove in two runs with the first of his two doubles. Odor doubled and scored in the third, coming home when Mathis singled to left off Astros reliever Cy Sneed.