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2021 MLB Handicapping
(84-60) Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers (54-90)
Date: Thursday, September 16th, 2021
Time: 8:05 PM ET
Venue: Globe Life Field, Arlington, TX
Projected Pitchers: Framber Valdez (HOU) vs. Glenn Otto (TX)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Astros -333 Rangers +240
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Astros -1.5, Rangers +1.5
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U: 8.5
The Astros will be in Texas to take on the Rangers for game 4 Thursday at 8:05 ET. Game 3 is Wednesday at 8:05 ET.
Framber Valdez will be going against Glenn Otto in this contest.
Texas won game 2 by a score of 8-1.
The Astros have had a good 2021 season and they will look to keep that going in this series.
They are 1st in the American League West with a record of 84-60. They lead the Mariners by 6.5 games.
Houston took 2 games out of 3 from the Angels before this series. In those games, the Astros scored 15 runs and allowed 10 runs.
Zack Greinke once again struggled against the rangers. The right hander went 5 innings and allowed 7 earned runs.
Framber Valdez has been good this year. He is 10-5 with an ERA of 3.26. His last start was against the Angels where he went 5 innings and allowed 4 earned runs. Houston won this game 10-5.
The pitching for this squad has been good so far. They hold an ERA of 3.72 which is 4th best in Major League Baseball.
They have also been a good offensive club. They are scoring 5.29 runs per game which is 2nd best in the league.
Houston has hit 186 home runs which is 11th best in baseball.
Unlike the Astros, the Rangers have really struggled this year. This team has done much well in 2021.
They are in the basement of the American League West with a record of 54-90. The Astros lead them by 30 games.
Texas took 2 games out of from the Athletics over the weekend. In those games, the Rangers scored 17 runs and allowed 19 runs.
Jordan Lyles went 7 innings and did not allow an earned run on Tuesday.
Glenn Otto is 0-1 with an ERA of 6.92. His last start was against the A’s where he went 3.1 innings and allowed 8 earned runs. Oakland won that game 10-5.
The pitching has been a major weakness for this team. They have an ERA of 4.70 which is 22nd best in the majors.
Offensively, they have also struggled. The team is only scoring 3.94 runs per game which is 28th best in baseball.
Texas has hit 155 home runs which is 26th best in the league.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Astros are 4-1 in their last 5 games vs. a right handed starter.
- Astros are 6-2 in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
- Astros are 14-5 in their last 19 Thursday games. .
- Astros are 35-17 in their last 52 games vs. the American League West.
- Rangers are 18-37 in their last 55 games vs. the American League West.
- Rangers are 10-24 in their last 34 games vs. a team with a winning record.
- Rangers are 7-18 in their last 25 games vs. a left handed starter.
- Rangers are 7-20 in their last 27 Thursday games.
Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers MLB Prediction:
The Astros definitely had an off day in game 2, but I do not see that happening again in this one. I look for them to bounce back.
Houston is the better team and these are teams they need to beat. I get that everybody has an off day, but they really should not lose to a team like this.
I look for Valdez to be solid and for the Astros to hit around Otto.
I like the Astros straight up here.
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