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(5-10) Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers (9-6)
Date: Thursday, April 21, 2016
Time: 8:05 PM ET
Venue: Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas
Projected Pitchers: Dallas Keuchel vs. A.J. Griffin
MLB Moneyline Odds: Astros -155 / Rangers +140
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Astros -1.5 +105 / Rangers +1.5 -125
MLB Betting Total: 8.5
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The Astros won the AL West last season, but they have gotten off to bad start this season and they have lost 3 of their last 4 games including their last 2. They are in the basement of the division 4 games back of the Rangers.
The Rangers go for the sweep in this series tonight after winning the first 2 games.
The Rangers are riding a 3-game winning streak.
In yesterday’s game the Rangers beat the Astros 2-1.
The Astros were solid at the plate and on the mound last season, but this season they rank 17th in runs scored and only 27th in team ERA.
In the first 2 games of this series the Astros are only 3 for 24 with runners in scoring position.
The Astros are the road favorite with Ace Dallas Keuchel (2-1 2.18 ERA) on the hill and in his last start he was stellar not giving up any earned runs in 8 innings in a 1-0 win over the Detroit Tigers.
Keuchel is 1-2 with a 6.35 ERA in 6 road starts against the Rangers. Last September he faced the Rangers in Arlington and was tagged up for a career high 9 runs in a blowout loss.
The Astros are 19-7 in Keuchel’s last 26 starts facing a team with a winning record.
The Astros are 2-6 on the road this season and they have dropped their last 3 games away from Houston.
While the Rangers rank in the middle of the pack in team ERA (16th) they rank 6th in the Majors in runs scored.
A.J. Griffin (1-0, 3.27 ERA) goes for the Rangers in this AL match up and in his last outing he went 5 innings and gave up 2 runs in a 4-2 loss to the Seattle Mariners.
Griffin has not faced the Astros since the 2013 season when he was with the Oakland A’s. In 4 starts facing them that season he did not have a great ERA of 4.88, but was 3-0.
This season Griffin has given up four earned runs in 11 innings in his 2 starts.
The Rangers are 40-14 in their last 54 home games facing the Astros.
This season the Rangers are 5-3 at home and they have won 3 in a row on their field.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Astros are 2-6 in their last 8 overall.
- Astros are 16-36 in their last 52 road games.
- Astros are 2-6 in their last 8 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Rangers are 4-1 in their last 5 overall.
- Rangers are 4-1 in their last 5 home games.
- Rangers are 12-5 in their last 17 games vs. a left-handed starter.
Free Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers MLB Prediction:
The Astros are not hitting as of late, especially in clutch situations, and while they may not give Keuchel much support he will have another strong outing and lead the Astros to the win avoiding the sweep.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: UNDER the Number
In Keuchel’s last 6 road starts against the Rangers the total has gone Over every time. However, I am bucking that trend, as tonight’s game will be like last night’s in a low scoring affair.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Houston 3 – Texas 2
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