The Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians have both gotten off to lackluster starts. So have the starters for Friday night's series opener.
Lucas Harrell and former Astro Brett Myers each seek their first win of the season while helping their respective clubs snap lengthy losing streaks.
After losing 213 games the past two seasons, Houston (4-11) was hardly expected to be competitive in its first AL season, and the Astros have already produced their second skid of five games or more after getting swept in Oakland this week.
In Wednesday's finale, Houston's rally from a six-run deficit fell short in a 7-5 loss.
"We have a resilient group and we will continue to battle to the end," manager Bo Porter said. "I don't believe in moral victories; you either win or lose. But at the same time I liked that we kept fighting."
The Astros return home trying to avoid a sixth straight loss at Minute Maid Park.
Harrell (0-2, 5.63 ERA) will hope to help snap that skid after bouncing back from a...