Last season, the Texas Rangers went 17-2 against the Houston Astros in their in-state buddies' first go-around in the American League.
So far this year after Monday's series opener in Houston, the Rangers are 3-1 against the disAstros, and their win in Houston made it 10 in a row at Minute Maid Park, the Rangers' home away from home.
This series is coming at the perfect time for the Rangers, who need a break after a 14-game stretch that saw the Rangers lose 10 games and fall back to .500 — the latest they've been there in a season since 2011, when of course, they went to the World Series.
The Rangers are in desperate need of a sweep in Houston, and to do that, they'll have to run the total to 12 straight wins in the Astros' ballpark.
It's scary to think about what the Rangers' record would be like the past two years without the Astros in their division, but luckily, they don't have to worry about that. Their in-state "rivals" are always a nice cure for their woes, and they're showing it again right now.