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2021 MLB Handicapping
(18-20) Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros (20-17)
Date: Thursday, May 13th, 2021
Time: 6:35 PM ET
Venue: Minute Maid Park
Projected Pitchers: Mike Foltynewicz vs Cristian Javier
MLB Moneyline Odds: Rangers +170 | Astros -200
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Rangers -1.5 , Astros +1.5
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 8.5
The Rangers open an American League West series against the Houston Astros Thursday.
The Rangers had an off day Wednesday after falling in their last matchup against the Giants, 4-2. David Dahl hit a home run and Joey Gallo drove in a run, but that was all the offense the Rangers could muster.
Texas is scheduled to hand the ball to right-hander Mike Foltynewicz on Thursday. He has done a good job of going long into his outings this year and has consistently gone into the fifth or six inning in all but one of his starts this season.
Foltynewicz is 1-3 this season with a 4.50 ERA. He allowed four runs in his last start and went 6 2/3 innings. He has struck out eight batters per nine innings while walking two in that same span. He will go up against the team that drafted him for the first time in his career.
The Astros are handing the ball to right-hander Cristian Javier on Thursday in what will be his seventh start of the season. Javier has performed well this season, but is also coming off his worst start of the season. He allowed a season high five runs in 5 1/3 innings in his last outing against the Blue Jays. He owns a 3-1 overall record to go along with a 2.90 ERA so far this season.
The Astros are coming off a blowout victory against the Angels 9-1 on Wednesday and are currently the odds-on favorite to win the AL West.
Houston has the fourth ranked offense in the league and is scoring 5 runs a game along with 8.83 hits a night. The Astros have also made much better contact this season and have limited strikeouts, as they are only whiffing 7.22 times a game, a league best. Yordan Alvarez boasts a team high .342 batting average, while Kyle Tucker leads the team with seven home runs.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Over is 5-2-1 in Astros last 8 on grass.
- Over is 5-2 in Astros last 7 games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Over is 14-6 in Astros last 20 home games with the total set at 7.0-8.5.
- Over is 6-2-1 in Astros last 9 overall.
- Over is 5-1 in Astros last 6 games with the total set at 7.0-8.5.
Free Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros MLB Prediction:
Even though the Rangers have struggled against the Astros in recent meetings, having Foltynewicz on the mound should give the Rangers an opportunity to get a victory here. Javier has also had some problems on the other hand and has slowed down in recent starts. With that min mind, the Rangers provide good value as a underdog moneyline play and the over is the play on the total.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Over 8.5, Rangers ML
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