Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers Betting Preview

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The Texas Rangers will play host to the Houston Astros at Globe Life Park. ATTSN Southwest will broadcast the matchup. The opening pitch is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. ET.

Houston Astros at Texas Rangers Odds

Texas (receiving +200 odds) is entering into this contest as a huge underdog against Houston and Vegas has the Over/Under for this game at 10.5 runs. Odds for wagering on the game’s total currently stand at +100 for the under and -120 for the over. Runline odds stand at -150 for betting the Astros -1.5 runs and +130 for the Rangers +1.5 runs.

The Rangers are 50-43 straight up (SU) and 55-37 against the spread (ATS). The team’s gained 18.8 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 14.4 units ATS. On the other hand, the Astros are 58-35 SU and have gone 47-45 ATS. In total, the team’s gained 0.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline, but have lost 2.1 units ATS.

Texas games have had an over/under record of 44-47-1 so far in 2019. The Astros have been a decent under bet with a total record of 41-48-3.

Justin Verlander is getting the start for Houston. The right-handed Verlander (10-4, 2.98 ERA) has racked up 153 strikeouts in 126.2 innings so far. He’s 2-0 with 20 strikeouts and a 2.50 ERA against Texas this year (three starts).

The Rangers are handing the ball to righty Ariel Jurado (5-4, 4.23 ERA), who has 48 strikeouts and 18 walks, along with a 1.35 WHIP. Jurado is 0-0 with two strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA against Houston this year.

As a unit, Texas’ pitching staff has given up 5.1 runs per game overall this year. Its starting pitching staff has a 4.90 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.72 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 8.3 K/9. In 45 games against divisional foes, Rangers starters have an ERA of 5.11 and the bullpen’s ERA is 5.33.

The Texas hitters have put up 5.4 runs per contest, including 5.6 per game against divisional foes and 5.6 per game over their last five. The team’s hit .241/.311/.465 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.

The Rangers’ hitters have been led by Elvis Andrus, who is slashing .301/.340/.445 with eight home runs, 47 RBIs, 50 runs and 21 stolen bases.

For the visitors, Houston’s pitching staff allowed 4.2 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.95 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 10.26 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.87, along with a WHIP of 1.11 and a K/9 of 9.73.

The Astros offense has slashed .269/.347/.471 on its way to 5.1 runs scored per game this year, including 5.9 runs per game against divisional foes and 6.0 per game over the team’s last five outings (3-2 SU).

Michael Brantley has led Houston’s offense. Brantley is slashing .323/.380/.503 with 12 home runs, 48 RBIs and 48 runs scored.

The Astros just took the previous game in the series by a final score of seven runs to six.

Astros at Rangers Free MLB Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Astros, ATS Winner – Astros, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • The under has hit in three of Houston’s last seven games.
  • The Astros have hit 14 home runs in their last 10 games, including eight over their last five.
  • The Astros have a team OPS of .819 this season and an OPS of .791 against right-handed pitchers. The Rangers’ OPS sits at .778 overall and .804 versus righties.
  • Texas has recorded 21.7 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 23.6 over its last five.