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Texas will look to end its worst losing skid since 2003, when they try to salvage the final game of a three-game home set against the Astros on Wednesday.

HOU: Dallas Keuchel (L) (8-5, 3.06 ERA) v TEX: Yu Darvish (R) (8-4, 2.63ERA)
Date/Time: 8:05 pm ET Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Venue: Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas
Broadcast: Local
Line: -195
Total: 8

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Texas (38-52) has lost nine of 10 and is 3-17 since the middle of June after dropping games one at two to Houston (38-54), which was 2-17 against the Rangers last year, but has collected 20 runs and 29 hits in two consecutive victories in Arlington.

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A pair of homers in Tuesday’s 8-3 win from Chris Carter, lifted the Astros to their fourth straight win versus the Rangers, their longest winning streak in the series since 2002.

They will look to keep that streak alive by sending Dallas Keuchel to the mound in game 3.

The south paw started the season well, but it all fell off the tracks during his last three starts, in which he has gone 0-2, while surrendering 14 runs during 18 innings of work.


Keuchel posted a no-decision in his last turn, allowing five runs o 13 hits in five innings against the Angles, but could rebound nicely against Texas, a team that he posted his first career shutout against back on May 13.

He will have to watch out for Rangers’ third baseman Adrian Beltre, who is riding a 12-game hitting streak.

The Rangers in the meantime, will counter with Yu Darvish who is also battling through a rough patch of his own in his last four starts.

The right-hander has given up at least four runs in three of them. However, all three of those came on the road, including his last start at the New York Mets. Darvish gave up four runs in five innings of a no-decision.

He is 4-1 with a 2.29 ERA lifetime versus the Astros and hurled eight scoreless innings of one-hit ball against the cross-state rival back in April.

MLB Betting Trends

  • HOU are 2-7 in their last 9 games on grass.
  • HOU are 76-179 in their last 255 road games.
  • HOU are 112-229 in their last 341 overall.
  • TEX are 3-10 in their last 13 home games.
  • TEX are 7-22 in their last 29 overall.
  • TEX are 7-22 in their last 29 games on grass.
  • HOU are 12-39 in the last 51 meetings.
  • HOU are 7-19 in the last 26 meetings in Texas.


1. Astros 2B Jose Altuve is the second player (Kenny Lofton, 1994) with at least 125 hits and 40 stolen bases before the All-Star break.
2. Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre is riding a 12-game hitting streak.
3. Texas has lost nine of 10 and is 3-17 since June 17 – its worst 20-game stretch since an 2-18 skid in 2003.

Matt’s Free Prediction: Rangers

Both the Astros and the Rangers are in trouble and it’s really hard to pick a clear winner here.

But the I am going with the Rangers, who should get enough from Darvish to win this one.

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