Free MLB Pick: Astros vs. Rangers Odds
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2021 MLB Handicapping
(75-52) Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers (44-83)
Date: Saturday, August 28th, 2021
Time: 7:05 PM ET
Venue: Globe Life Field, Arlington, TX
Projected Pitchers: Framber Valdez (HOU) vs. Kolby Allard (TX)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Astros -256 Rangers +190
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Astros -1.5, Rangers +1.5
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U: 8
The Astros will be in Texas to take on the Rangers for game 2 Saturday at 7:05 ET. Game 1 is Friday at 8:05 ET.
Framber Valdez is going for the Astros and Kolby Allard gets the ball for the Rangers.
The Astros have played well this year when going against Texas.
The Astros have had a good season so far and they remain one of the best teams in baseball.
They are in 1st place of the American League Central with a record of 75-52. They lead the Athletics by 5.5 games.
Thursday was an off day for Houston. The last game they played was on Wednesday where they beat the Royals 6-5.
Lance McCullers Jr. went 6.2 innings and allowed 4 earned runs on Wednesday.
Framber Valdez has been good this year. He is 8-4 with an ERA of 2.94. His last start was against the Mariners where he went 7 innings and did not allow an earned run. Seattle won that game 6-3.
The pitching has been strong for this team. They have an ERA of 3.61 which is 5th best in baseball.
Their offense is scoring 5.38 runs per game which is best in baseball.
Houston has hit 166 home runs which is 9th best in baseball.
The Rangers have really struggled so far this year. They have been one of the worst teams in baseball.
They are dead last in the American League West with a record of 44-83. They trail the Astros by 31 games.
Texas lost to the Indians 10-6 on Thursday. Cleveland won 2 games out of 3 in that series. In those games, the Rangers scored 15 runs and allowed 20 runs.
Jordan Lyles went 3.2 innings and allowed 8 earned runs on Thursday.
Kolby Allard is 3-10 with an ERA of 4.86. His last start was against the Red Sox where he went 6 innings and allowed 3 earned runs. Boston won that game 8-4.
The pitching has really struggled for this team so far. They own an ERA of 4.74 which is 24th best overall.
Their offense has also struggled. They are only scoring 3.81 runs per game which is 28th best in the league.
Texas has hit 137 home runs which is 25th best in the MLB.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Astros are 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games.
- Astros are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series.
- Astros are 8-3 in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
- Astros are 5-2 in their last 7 games overall.
- Rangers are 17-36 in their last 53 during game 2 of a series.
- Rangers are 19-41 in their last 60 games vs. a team with a winning record.
- Rangers are 16-35 in their last 51 games vs. the American League West.
- Rangers are 22-56 in their last 78 games overall.
Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers MLB Prediction:
The Astros have been playing good ball and I look for them to keep that up in this series. I do not give the Rangers much of a chance in this one.
Houston is the better team and I think they will be too much for the Rangers to handle. This team has done a good job this year against teams with losing records.
I feel that Valdez will pitch a good game and the Astros will do enough against Allard to get a win.
I like the Astros on the run line.
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