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2018 MLB Season
(15-24) Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros (24-15)
Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018
Time: 7:10 PM ET
Venue: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX
Projected Starters: Fister vs. Morton
MLB Moneyline Odds: Rangers +220 | Astros -240
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: OFF
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 8.5
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It would have been neat if the Rangers and Astros could have been good at the same time but the Rangers have dipped as at the Astros have ascended and now it’s a big brother, little brother situation in Texas.
The Rangers are 15–24 and their pythagorean record suggests that is right. They did win two out of three the last time they were in Houston, a series that culminated with Bartolo Colon’s flirt with perfection on Sunday Night Baseball.
That’s about as good as the Rangers can hope for at Minute Maid Park. The first time these two teams met this season, in Arlington, Doug Fister helped Texas win its lone game of the series.
Since then, he hasn’t won a game. He gives up over a hit per inning and more than a homer per nine so he’s going to be a big underdog against anybody the Astros use to start the game.
In this case, it will be Charlie Morton. A classic late bloomer, Morton has enjoyed the last two-plus seasons, ever since he got out of Pittsburgh. During that time, he’s been above average.
This season, he’s way above average. While his FIP is actually higher than it has been in the last two seasons, his ERA+ is way better (181). It must be because his HR and BB numbers are actually up a bit.
But he’s limiting hits better than he ever has because he’s striking out more batters than he ever has. His 10.4 Ks/9 is the best of his career. With that lineup backing him up, it’s no surprise has hasn’t lost in seven starts.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Over is 8-1 in TEXlast 9 games following a loss.
- TEX are 1-7 in their last 8 games as an underdog.
- Over is 6-2-2 in HOU last 10 games following a win.
- HOU are 43-15 in their last 58 games as a favorite.
- Over is 7-3-2 in HOU last 12 overall.
- Head to Head: TEX are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings.
Free Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros MLB Prediction: play the dog.
Fister isn’t great but he isn’t a guy I like to pick on as a bettor. In fact, the value is probably with the road side.
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