Free MLB Pick: Astros vs Rangers Odds
Looking for Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers free picks? MLB betting sees the Astros taking on the Rangers on Friday, September 2nd at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all MLB baseball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily MLB predictions.
(71-62) Houston Astros at Texas Rangers (80-54)
Date: Friday September 2, 2016
Time: 8:05 PM ET
Venue: Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas
Projected Pitchers: Astros RH Doug Fister (12-9, 3.60 ERA) vs. Rangers RH A.J. Griffin (6-3, 4.39)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Texas -125
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Texas -1.5 +150
MLB Betting Total: 9.5
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Divisional games in September typically mean a lot, but the Rangers enter play here with a comfortable lead in the AL West.
For the Astros though, they continue to push towards the Wild Card, making this series extremely big for them as they enter play on Friday.
The Astros pretty much can conclude there is zero hope for the AL West. However, the AL Wild Card race is a completely different story.
Houston will enter play on Friday trailing by 1.0 game behind the Tigers and Orioles, who sit tied for the 2nd Wild Card spot.
The Astros have won 3 straight and have gone 8-2 over their last 10 games.
Look for Jose Altuve here to be a key on Friday night. He is hitting .385 against Rangers starter AJ Griffin in his career.
Pitching wise, the Astros send out Doug Fister. The RH has struggled a bit as of late, as he comes after allowing 4 runs in just 4.1 innings of work against Tampa Bay.
He did pitch extremely well last time out against the Rangers, allowing just 1 run in 6.0 innings of work.
While the Rangers have no worries in the AL West, they still continue to push for the best American League record for home field advantage purposes.
They’ll also have one guy playing with a chip on his shoulder here on Friday night.
Carlos Gomez batted .210 in 85 games this season with the Houston Astros, before being released and picked up by the Rangers. Gomez has gone 3 for 6 in his last 2 games, which includes a grand slam.
Texas will go with AJ Griffin, who had his first quality start in about 4 months last time out.
Griffin was spotted a 7-0 lead, as he was allowed to settle in against the Indians eventually going 6.0 scoreless.
He has gone 4-0 in his career against the Astros, which includes a win back on April 21st.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Astros are 4-0 in their last 4 Friday games.
- Astros are 4-0 in their last 4 when their opponent scores 5 runs or more in their previous game.
- Astros are 6-1 in their last 7 overall.
- Rangers are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Rangers are 4-0 in their last 4 games following a win.
- Rangers are 5-0 in their last 5 overall.
Free Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers MLB Prediction:
The Rangers offense is just so dangerous. While Fister has struggled lately, this is not the most ideal spot for him.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Texas Rangers -125
The Rangers offense should have early success against Fister. Don’t be surprised either to see Gomez get in the action, as he certainly wants to prove his old team wrong.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Texas 8- Houston 4
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