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2018 MLB Season
(43-62) Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros (67-38)
Date: Friday, July 27, 2018
Time: 2:10 PM ET
Venue: Minute Maid Park, Houston Texas
Projected Pitchers: Mike Minor vs. Lance McCullers Jr.
MLB Moneyline Odds: Astros -270 | Rangers +245
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Astros -1.5 (-130)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 8.5
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Minor was efficient in his last outing, but walked away with a no-decision as Texas would go on to lose to the Oakland Athletics 10-13. He went five innings giving up four hits and two earned runs (Two solo home runs) while he struck out five and walked one.
In 104.1 innings of work this season, Minor owns a mediocre strikeout rate (7.25 K/9), a solid walk rate (2.16 BB/9), a high home run rate (1.55 HR/9), and a sub-par left-on-base percentage (68.7% LOB%). The end-result is a high 4.83 ERA and a slightly lower 4.69 FIP.
Texas continues to play losing baseball as they could only win two fo their seven contests in the past week. During that span their lineup is slashing .267/.330/.469 to go with 24 extra-base hits and 41 RBI.
McCullers was knocked around for his second consecutive start and he also took his fifth loss of the season. He could only make it 4.1 innings giving up six hits, five earned runs, and one home run while he struck out three and walked five.
In 116.2 innings of work this season, McCullers owns a solid strikeout (9.41 K/9) to walk rate (3.70 BB/9) and he’s done a solid job containing the long ball (0.93 HR/9), but he could be better stranding base runners (69.9% LOB%). The end-result is an okay 4.01 ERA and a better 3.82 FIP.
Houston has played sub-par baseball in the past week as they could only win two of their five contests. During that span their lineup is slashing .191/.300/.346 to go with 14 extra-base hits and 23 RBI.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- TEX are 2-8 in their last 10 games as an underdog.
- TEX are 5-16 in their last 21 overall.
- HOU are 30-13 in their last 43 overall.
- HOU are 45-20 in their last 65 games on grass.
- TEX are 5-16 in the last 21 meetings.
- Under is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.
Free Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros MLB Prediction: Texas takes down interstate rivals Houston
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Rangers +1.5 & Rangers OVER Team Total
McCullers has been off in his last two outings only going 8.1 total innings and giving up 11 earned runs and two home runs while he posted a slightly concerned K:BB rate of 4:10. Minor was efficient in his last outing and catches this Houston lineup that is currently slumping. Going with the pitcher and lineup that are in better form right now.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Rangers 5 – Astros 4
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