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2018 MLB Season
(4-11) Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros (10-4)
Date: Sunday, April 15, 2018
Time: 8:08 PM ET
Venue: Minute Maid Park, Houston Texas
Projected Pitchers: Bartolo Colon vs. Justin Verlander
MLB Moneyline Odds: Astros -324 | Rangers +300
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Astros -1.5 (-175)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 8.5
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The ageless wonder that is Bartolo Colon will me getting the nod after Doug Fister landed on the DL. He did have one start this year, but has been working out of the bullpen since. He has only given up two earn runs to go along with a 1:10 BB:K ratio in 11 innings of work so far.
The 44 year old has been very efficient for Texas sporting a shiny 1.64 ERA and 2.68 FIP. He owns a 8.18 K/9, .82 BB/9, .82 HR/9 and a .310 BABIP; all signs Colon is still one of the wonders of the world.
Not much has been going on with Texas’ lineup as they are only slashing .215/.322/.330 in the last week to go along with 13 extra-base hits and 17 RBI. Texas currently owns a 49:130 BB:K ratio.
Verlander pitched a gem in his last start against the Minnesota Twins as he was able to collect the win in a 2-0 victory. He pitched seven scoreless-innings while only giving up four hits to go along with nine strikeouts and one walk. His BB:K ratio now sits at 4:23.
He has come out strong to start the season owning a CY Young type stat line. The strikeouts are high (11.09 K/9), the walks are low (1.93 BB/9), the home runs have been tamed (0.96 HR/9), and his .273 BABIP is right around where it should be. This has resulted in a stellar 1.45 ERA and 2.78 FIP.
Houston’s lineup hasn’t been too productive in the last week as they are only slashing .239/.329/.330 to go along with only eight extra-base hits and 17 RBI. They rank 3rd in walks with 57, but they also rank 4th in strikeouts with 130.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- TEX are 1-8 in the last 9 meetings.
- TEX are 3-13 in their last 16 Sun. games.
- Under is 11-1-1 in TEX last 13 road games.
- Under is 7-1 in HOU last 8 overall.
- Under is 7-1 in HOU last 8 on grass.
- Under is 7-1 in HOU last 8 games as a favorite.
Free Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros MLB Prediction: Houston blows by Texas
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The Astros seem like the obvious pick here, but the money line and run line is way too high for my taste. With the way both these lineups have been hitting and the way both these pitchers have been pitching, I expect this to be a low scoring contest. The trends would say so too.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Astros 6 – Rangers 2
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