Houston Astros (38-25) vs Texas Rangers (27-37)Date : 06/09/2018
Time : 7:15 PM
Location : Globe Life Park in Arlington
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Houston Astros vs Texas Rangers
The Texas Rangers are set to return back to Globe Life Park in Arlington for game 3 of their 4 game home series against their AL West rival in defending champions, Houston Astros, first pitch is slated for 7:15 PM ET. After this series, these two teams will meet again on 7/3 when Houston travels back to Texas for a short 2 game series.
Houston Astros's Latest Performance :
Much Needed Win
The Houston Astros have found themselves in a tight race at the top of the AL West as they don’t only have to worry about the Los Angeles Angels but also the Seattle Mariners who have been one of the best teams in all of baseball. Houston was able to shrink Seattle’s division lead to only 1 game behind a 7-5 win in their series finale on 6/6. Lance McCullers has been one of the best pitchers all season for the stacked Astros rotation but the right-handed starter had trouble getting going in his 12th start of the season as he gave up 3 earned runs on 7 hits in the 6 innings he pitched in. McCullers may not have received a win for this outing but the former first-round pick gets to keep his solid record of 7-3 as well as his ERA of 3.89. The bullpen was good enough in making sure they secured a win in this matchup as they gave up 1 run in the final 3 innings. Reliever Hector Rondon was able to pitch a solid 9th inning as he struck out 2 guys as he set the Astros up for only their 4th win in as many as 10 games. The bats for Houston were really good as they were able to score 7 runs behind 13 hits but perhaps the most satisfying sight was that 7 of their 9 starters recorded a hit. The Astros may have been able to put up an abundance of runs but they only recorded 1 HR as Evan Gattis was able to connect on a ball in the bottom of the 4th inning which was the 9th of his season. Tony Kemp was solid for the Astros as the end of the batting order as the 26-year-old went 3 for 4 from the plate which was much needed considering he went o for 17 in his last 6 games.
Texas Rangers's Latest Performance :
Big Time Win
The Texas Rangers may sit in last place of the AL West but that has not stopped this struggling franchise from competing as they ended their recent series against the Oakland Athletics on a 2 game win streak. The Rangers were able to close out their series with a solid 8-2 win as they received great pitching as well as great hitting. The Rangers elected to start the oldest player in the MLB in Bartolo Colon who has been solid this season as the veteran enters this series with a 3-3 record as well as a 4.16 ERA which all things considered is good for a 45-year-old. Colon was able to give the Rangers 5 solid innings where although he was responsible for both of the A’s runs he was still able to pick up the win. The bullpen may have had a problem in giving up hits as they gave up 5 in 4 innings but they were able to hold the Athletics scoreless. Jose Leclerc was solid in the 1 inning he appeared in as the 2nd year reliever was able to strikeout 2 guys and improve his ERA to a 1.66 which is one of the best on the team. The bats were really good for Texas as they opened up the can of whooping behind 8 runs on 7 hits. Jurickson Profar was the leader for the Rangers as he went 3 for 4 from the plate with 5 RBIs which extended his season total to 33. Profar has already had a career year as he has 6 HRs and 33 RBIs which is well over his career-best where he hit 26 RBIs through 85 games back in 2013. Joey Gallo was also able to continue his good start to 2018 as the veteran hit his 17th HR of the season behind a solo shit in the bottom of the 1st inning.
How Houston Astros & Texas Rangers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Houston is 38-25, 19-11 on the road.
Texas is 27-37, 13-19 at home.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
The probable starting pitchers for this matchup is as follows: Charlie Morton (7-1, 2.84 ERA) for the Houston Astros vs. Mike Minor (4-4, 5.76 ERA) for the Texas Rangers.
Morton last started on 6/3 against the Red Sox where he went 5.1 innings giving up 6 earned runs on 9 hits in a L.
Minor last started on 5/31 against the Mariners where he went 5 innings giving up 4 earned runs on 6 hits in a L.
Houston ranks in the top 5 in runs scored while Texas ranks in the top 15.
Houston ranks #1 in team ERA while Texas ranks in the bottom 10.
Against The Spread Selection: Houston Astros
My reason for the pick :
Yes, I know that the Astros have struggled as of recent but as we see this team is still a very efficient team in both the hitting department and the pitching department as they rank in the top 5 in both. The defending champs should only improve on their top 5 team as they are going against the last place Rangers which will be a much-needed win considering how close their divisional race is. Morton got roughed up last outing against the Red Sox but that should be expected for any pitcher against the high flying offense. Morton still has one of the best records in the MLB as he enters this matchup at 7-1 and considering he is going against a bottom 10 offense he should have no problem getting his win total up to 8.
Betting trends for Houston Astros:
- Houston is 25-19 in night games this season.
- The under is 15-10-2 against AL West opponents this season.
Betting trends for Texas Rangers:
- Texas is 19-18 after a loss this season.
- The over is 16-6-1 as home underdogs this season.