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2021 MLB Handicapping
(35-62) Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros (58-39)
Date: Saturday, July 24th, 2021
Time: 7:10 PM ET
Venue: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX
Projected Pitchers: Kyle Gibson (TEX) vs. Framber Valdez (HOU)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Rangers +190 Astros -250
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Rangers +1.5, Astros -1.5
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U: 8
The Rangers will stay in state as they take on the Astros for game 2 Saturday at 7:10 ET.
Kyle Gibson is going for the Rangers and Framber Valdez will be going for the Astros.
These teams met back in June and the Astros swept them.
The Rangers are having a horrible season, but nobody should be surprised by that. They have lost 9 games in a row.
They sit in the basement of the American League West with a record of 35-62. The Astros lead them by 23 games.
Texas got swept in a 4 game set with the Tigers this week. Detroit won 7-5 on Thursday. In that series, the Rangers scored 8 runs and allowed 29 runs.
Mike Foltynewicz continued to struggle as he went 4 innings and allowed 5 earned runs on Thursday.
Kyle Gibson has been of the few bright spots in this rotation, but even he got roughed up against the Tigers. He went 5 innings and allowed 8 earned runs on Monday. He will look to bounce back against Houston.
Pitching has not been a strength of this team so far. They have an ERA of 4.74 which is 24th best in the league.
They have also not been great on offense. They are scoring 3.91 runs per game which is 28th best in baseball. Some key hitters in their lineup are Adolis Garcia and Joey Gallo. There is a strong possibility that Gallo gets dealt at the trade deadline.
Texas has hit 108 home runs which is 20th best in the game.
Unlike their divisional rival, the Astros are having a very impressive season. They have won 2 of their last 3 games.
The Stros still remain in 1st place of the American League West with a record of 58-39. They lead the Athletics by 2.5 games.
Houston took 2 out of 3 games against the Indians this week. Cleveland won 5-4 on Wednesday.
Lance McCullers Jr. went 5 innings and allowed 4 earned runs on Wednesday.
Framber Valdez has been good so far this year. He is 5-2 with a 3.26 ERA. His last start was against the White Sox on Sunday where he went 6.1 innings and allowed 4 earned runs. The Sox won this game 4-0.
The Astros have gotten good pitching so far this year. They have an ERA of 3.65 which is 9th best in baseball.
Even without Alex Bregman, this offense continues to be a very good one. They are scoring 5.37 runs per game which is best in baseball. Some key hitters in their lineup are Jose Altuve, Michael Brantley, and Carlos Correa.
Houston has hit 124 home runs which is 9th best in baseball.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Rangers are 6-14 in their last 20 during game 2 of a series.
- Rangers are 19-47 in their last 66 road games vs. a left handed starter.
- Rangers are 6-15 in their last 21 games vs. the American League West.
- Rangers are 17-44 in their last 61 games overall.
- Astros are 4-1 in their last 5 games vs. the American League West.
- Astros are 17-8 in their last 25 games vs. a right handed starter.
- Astros are 31-15 in their last 46 games overall.
- Astros are 31-15 in their last 46 games on grass.
Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros MLB Prediction:
This is a matchup between 2 teams that are going in totally different directions. I feel very good with the Astros in this one.
Houston is a much more complete team than the Rangers are and I think they will put that on display Saturday.
Kyle Gibson is the best pitcher for the Rangers, but the Astros still should be able to hit him around. I look for Framber Valdez to pitch a good game in this one.
I like the Astros on the run line here.
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