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2018 MLB Season
(4-10) Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros (9-4)
Date: Friday, April 13, 2018
Time: 8:10 PM ET
Venue: Minute Maid Park, Houston Texas
Projected Pitchers: Mike Minor vs. Gerrit Cole
MLB Moneyline Odds: Astros -218 | Rangers +201
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: OFF
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 8.5
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Hamels had a rough go in his third start of the season only making it 5.1 innings while giving up five earned off of eight hits to go along with five strikeouts and two walks. He has given up five home runs to start the early season.
His velocity is down and the competition has been battering his fast ball because of it owning a .636 average against the pitch. When batters are hitting your most frequently used pitch it is hard to set them on the set-up pitches because they keep hitting his main pitch. As a pitcher who can usually eat up innings, Hamel’s has yet to make it through six innings.
Texas’ bats have been done an okay job hitting in the last week slashing .250/.337/.367 while hitting 18 extra-base hits and 24 strikeouts. They own a 47:113 walks-to-strikeout ratio.
Cole has been enjoying his time in Houston as he has been looking like an early Cy Young candidate. He outdid his first outing of the season (7 IP, 1 ER, 11K) by going seven scoreless-innings giving up five hits while striking out 11 and walking none.
This now brings Cole to a 14.14 K/9 on the season which is way above his career 8.54 K/9. He’s been using less of his fastball and relying more on the slider, pitching it 25% of the time compared to his career average of 17.3%. By the looks of it this change could be paying dividends for the 27 year old.
Its been a rough past week for Houston who is only slashing .222/.317/.284 to go with just six extra-base hits and 16 RBI. They rank third with 54 walks, but have also racked up the third most strikeouts with 122 strikeouts.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- TEX are 6-18 in their last 24 overall.
- TEX are 1-7 in the last 8 meetings.
- Under is 10-1-1 in TEX last 12 road games.
- HOU are 14-4 in their last 18 Fri. games.
- Under is 9-3-1 in HOU last 13 Fri. games.
- Over is 6-2 in HOU last 8 vs. American League West.
Free Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros MLB Prediction: Cole dominates for a third start this season
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Astros -1.5 & UNDER the Total
Cole has been phenomenal to start the season and I can’t go against him as he faces a bleak Texas lineup. Houston’s bats haven’t been great, but I expect them to create enough separation to cover the run line.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Houston 4 – Texas 2
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