Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers
The Houston Astros look to end the suffering and give the home crowd something to cheer about as they host the Texas Rangers. The Rangers are -165 favorites over the Astros with an over/under run total set at 8.
The Houston Astros have the worst record in baseball and after getting swept by the Tampa Bay Rays over the weekend they are on their way to building another losing streak. The Astros are 3-7 in their last 10 games, 13-28 at home, and 16 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central. As a team Houston is hitting .260 led by Hunter Pence at .315, Jeff Keppinger at .336, and Brett Wallace at .293. The Astros pitching staff has an ERA of 4.64 with the starters at 4.53 and the bullpen at 4.86. For game one against their in state rivals Houston starts Jordan Lyles who has yet to win a Major League ballgame. For the season Lyles has allowed 29 hits and 13 earned runs while striking out 26 in 30 innings of work.
The Texas Rangers are in a dog fight atop the American League West but heading to the halfway point of the season, they lead the division. The Rangers are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 18-22 on the road, and have lost their last two games heading into this series. As a team Texas is hitting .265 led by Michael Young at .323, Josh Hamilton at .293, and Mitch Moreland at .286. The Rangers pitching staff has a combined ERA of 3.92 with the starters at 3.66 and the bullpen at 4.53. For game one at Minute Maid Park Texas starts C.J.. Wilson who has had just three decisions in his last six starts, all of them wins. For the season Wilson has allowed 100 hits and 39 earned runs while striking out 97 in 110.2 innings of work.
Houston is 20-41 in their last 61 interleague games, 3-12 against the American League West, and 0-4 in Lyle’s last four starts. Texas is 2-6 in their last eight road games, 16-5 in their last 21 interleague home games against a team with a losing road record, and 3-7 in Wilson’s last 10 road starts. Texas is 12-3 in the last 15 meetings of these two.
Texas has a big edge here and as bad as hey have been at time s on the road, they should get well here. I’m taking the Rangers minis 165 today.
Texas Rangers -165 Houston Astros