Texas Rangers (42-60) vs Houston Astros (67-36)Date : 07/27/2018
Time : 8:10 pm EST
Location : Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Texas Rangers vs Houston Astros
Game 1 of a 3-game set between the visiting, in-state rival Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros will take place at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, on Friday night beginning at 8:10 pm EST. The Rangers continue to occupy the basement of the AL West division while the Astros sit atop the pack in the top spot within the division. In their last outing, Houston would pick up an 8-2 road win over the Colorado Rockies on 7-24-2018 in which they would cash in on the money line (-137) while the total was a push in that the total runs were set at 10 runs for the game. Jose Altuve was 2-5 in the matchup for Houston while Alex Bregman (2-4) had 2 RBI’s. George Springer was 1-5 with 2 RBI’s in the win as well for the Stros. Gerritt Cole went 6-2 innings while allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and 9 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.54, yet, he would receive the no decision. Tyler Anderson would also put in a solid performance at the mound for the Rockies as he lasted 7.2 innings while allowing 2 runs on 3 hits, 1 homer and 4 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.57. The Rockies could only muster 6 hits as Carlos Gonzales was 1-4 with an RBI while Gerardo Parra was also 1-4 with an RBI in the loss. The win was Houston’s 5th in 7 games.
In their last outing, the Texas Rangers would go down 0-2 in a 4-game set versus the Oakland Athletics by losing 13-10 on 7-24-2018. The A’s would cash in on the money line (-105) while the over was the play with the total being 10.5 for the game. Mike Minor received the no decision for the Rangers as he went 5.2 innings while allowing 2 runs on 4 hits, 2 homers, and 4 serious with an ERA of 4.83 while Frankie Montas also got the no decision as he pitched 5 innings while allowing 4 runs on 5 hits and a homer with an ERA of 3.54 in the defeat. Carlos Tocci was 2-4 with an RBI while Elvis Andrus was the man of the hour going 2-4 and bringing in 5 runners in the win for the Rangers. Marcus Semien and Khris Davis each had a hit with 3 RBI’s each while Jed Lowrie was 3-5 with 3 RBI’s in the win for the A’s. The loss was the Rangers 2nd straight and 6th in 7 outings.
Texas Rangers's Latest Performance :
The Texas Rangers have won 4 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 4-1. Recently, after losing 3-game sets to the Baltimore Orioles at home and against the Cleveland Indians at home on 7-22-2018, the Rangers would go on to lose the first 2 games of a 4-game set versus the Oakland Athletics on 7-24-2018 by losing game 2 by a 13-10 score.
For the season, the Rangers are averaging 4.44 runs per game (15th) with a team batting average of .238 (25th), 119 homers (13th) along with 59 stolen bases (8th). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.88 (28th) with 726 strikeouts (29th) along with 36 quality starts on the season (26th).
Nomar Mazara (.272 BA on 353 AB) has been the most effective offensive star thus far for the Rangers. On the other hand, Shin-Soo Choo (.287 BA on 366 AB) and Joey Gallo (.188 BA on 329 AB) have also been solid all-season long.
Cole Hamels (5-9) has pitched 114.1 innings this season while allowing 70 runs on 115 hits, 23 homers, 42 walks, and 114 strikeouts with an ERA of 4.72. Bartolo Colon (5-8) has also pitched 111.1 innings while allowing 59 runs on 102 hits, 22 homers, 18 walks, and 64 strikeouts with an ERA of 4.85. Mike Minor (6-6) has also pitched 104.1 innings while allowing 59 runs on 102 hits, 18 homers, 25 walks, and 84 strikeouts with an ERA of 4.83.
Houston Astros's Latest Performance :
The Houston Astros have won 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 2-2-1. Recently, after winning a 3-game set versus the Detroit Tigers at home along with picking up a win in a 3-game road set versus the Los Angeles Angels on 7-22-2018, the Houston Astros would go on to pick up a win in the opener of a 3-game, road interleague set versus the Colorado Rockies by an 8-2 score.
For the season, Houston is averaging 5.08 runs per game (5th) with a team batting average of .260 (4th), 130 homers (8th), along with 53 stolen bases on the year (13th). Their pitching staff ranks lowest in MLB stats with an ERA of 2.99 (1st) with 1084 strikeouts (1st) along with 72 quality starts (1st).
Jose Altuve (.328 BA on 405 AB), Carlos Correa (.268 BA on 269 AB), Josh Reddick (261 BA on 261 AB), and Alex Bregman (.284 BA on 387 AB) has spearheaded the Astros offense throughout the year. George Springer (.252 BA on 393 AB) has also been a solid contributor for the Astros at the plate.
Charlie Morton (11-2) has been consistent this year for Houston pitching 112.1 innings while allowing only 40 runs on 84 hits, 11 homers, 45 walks, and 146 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.96 while Justin Verlander (10-5) has pitched 143.2 innings thus far while allowing 38 runs on 96 hits, 16 homers, 26 walks, and 183 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.19. Lance McCullers (10-5) has also been solid as he has pitched 116.2 innings while allowing 56 runs on 92 hits, 12 homers, 48 walks, 122 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.77.
How Texas Rangers & Houston Astros Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
For the season, the Rangers are 49-53 ATS while the O/U is 47-48-7. The Houston Astros are 53-50 ATS while the O/U is 46-51-6.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
The pitchers for the Astros have not been named, however, Yovani Gallardo and Cole Hamels will start games 1 & 2 for the Rangers. Yovani Gallardo (4-1) will get the start in the opener looking to set the tone early on the mound. In his last outing, Gallardo went 6 innings while allowing no runs on 6 hits in a 5-0 home win versus the Cleveland Indians on 7-22-2018. In all, the right-hander has been credited with 16 earned runs on 28 hits in his last 5 starts while the over has been 4-1 during this time. The Rangers are 5-1 in Gallardo’s last 6 starts while Texas has outscored their opponents by a score of 32-14 in Gallardo’s last 4 wins. He is 2-1 with an ERA of 4.96 with 5 strikeouts in his last 3 starts.
Jose Altuve (.368 BA on 19 AB), Evan Gattis (.385 BA on 13 AB), Yuli Gurriel (.4-5), Josh Reddick (.533 BA on 15 AB), and George Springer (4-16) have success facing Gallardo in the past while Alex Bregman (0-9) and Marwin Gonzalez (.167 BA on 12 AB) have struggled against the right-hander in their careers.
Cole Hamels (5-5) has had a rough go of it lately in losing 3 of his last 4 starts while being credited with 21 earned runs on 28 hits with 3 homers during this time while the over has been the play in 3 of his last 5 starts. The Rangers are 1-3 in Hamels last 4 appearances on the mound while in his last 3 losses, Texas has only allowed 10 runs of support for Hamels while giving up 32 runs to their opponents. In his last outing, Hamels went 5 innings while allowing 5 runs on 9 hits, 2 homers, and 5 strikeouts in a 15-3 home loss on 7-23-2018. In his last outing versus the Astros, the left-hander pitched 7.1 innings while allowing 5 runs on 7 hits, 2 homers, and 5 strikeouts (similar stat line) in a 5-2 home loss on 6-7-2018. In his last 3 games, Hamels is 1-2 with a high 10.50 ERA with 10 strikeouts.
Alex Bregman (4-16), Evan Gattis (.323 BA on 31 AB), Marwin Gonzalez (.304 BA on 23 AB), and Jose Altuve (.250 BA on 24 AB) have had a bit of success against Hamels in their careers. Yuli Gurriel (.071 BA on 14 AB), Tony Kemp (0-4), Josh Reddick (.200 BA on 10 AB), George Springer (.174 BA on 23 AB), and Max Stassi (0-2) have had experience, yet, less success against the lefty lifetime.
Totals Selection: Games 1, 2, & 3: Houston Astros
My reason for the prediction :
The Rangers are not playing for much at this point in the season, it seems, as one can see their recent record coming out of the All-Star break (1-4). This is certainly a sign of things to come in Arlington and a matchup with the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston may not be what the doctor ordered. This year alone, the Astros have dominated the Rangers at Globe Life Park (9-1), however, the contests have been a bit more competitive in Houston as they are 3-3 in their last 6 against Texas. Nonetheless, with their division not being sewed up by any stretch of the imagination, the Astros must continue to win to lock up that top spot in the AL West. A series such as this should allow them to not only pick up some division wins, but, but to act as a lesson in maintaining focus when facing either top-notch, or, in this case, wholly inferior foes.
Betting trends for Texas Rangers:
- Betting Trends for Texas Rangers
- The Rangers are 2-8 in last 10 games
- The Rangers are 3-7 in last 10 road games
- The Under is 6-2-1 in Rangers last 9 road games
Betting trends for Houston Astros:
- Betting Trends for Houston Astros
- The Astros are 8-5 in last 13 games
- The Astros are 8-4 in last 12 home games
- The Over is 5-1 in Astros last 6 home games