Houston Astros vs Texas Rangers Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 11 (8/11): MLB
- Aug 11, 2022, 5:42:57 AM
Credit: photo by Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
|Time||2:10 p.m. EST|
|Rangers money line||+245|
|Rangers run line||+1.5 (+125)|
|Astros money line||-305|
|Astros run line||-1.5 (-145)|
|Over / under||8|
|Texas Rangers||Houston Astros|
|Home / road record||28-22||35-18|
|Last 10 record||4-6||5-5|
|Over / under record||54-48-8||40-66-5|
|Runs / game||4.46||4.44|
|Runs allowed / game||4.49||3.29|
The Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers will play the 3rd game series at the Minute Maid Park on Wednesday. The Rangers took the win 8-4 in the second game of the series. Leody Taveras drove in a career-high five runs, including a bases-clearing double as part of a five-run 10th inning.
The Rangers get here with a 49-61 record and have lost 3 of their last 5 games. The team is averaging 4.46 runs per game and they're batting for .239 AVG, have 467 runs scored in 847 hits and 131 home runs, ranking #13 in offense in the league behind the Minnesota Twins. Adolis Garcia leads with 64 RBI and 18 home runs while Corey Seager has 24 homers and 55 RBI.
Defensively as they are allowing 4.49 runs per game and rank #22 in the league. Martin Perez leads the pitching staff with a 2.85 ERA, 118 strikeouts and 9 wins recorded for the Rangers.
Cole Ragans (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will be on the mound for the Rangers in the 3rd game of the series. The rookie southpaw will make his second straight turn through the rotation after he had a strong showing in his MLB debut last week against the White Sox, covering five innings and striking out three in a no-decision while allowing one unearned run on three hits and four walks.
The Astros get here with a 71-41 record and have lost 3 of their last 4 games. They're averaging 4.45 runs and batting for .240 AVG, 464 runs scored in 836 hits and 146 home runs, ranking #14 in offense in the league behind the texas Rangers. Yordan Alvarez leads the team batting for .303 avg with 30 home runs and 72 RBI.
Defensively they are allowing 3.29 runs per game and ranking #2 in the league. Justin Verlander leads the pitching staff with a 1.85 ERA, 134 strikeouts and 15 wins recorded for the Astros.
Framber Valdez (10-4, 2.87 ERA) will be on the mound for the Astros in the 3rd game of the series. Valdez picked up the win in Friday's 9-3 victory over the Guardians, giving up three runs on seven hits and three walks over 6.1 innings. He struck out three. He has a record of 4-2 with an ERA of 2.78 and 50 strikeouts in 10 appearances against the Rangers in his career.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas' last 5 games on the road.
Texas are 2-14 SU in their last 16 games when playing on the road against Houston.
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Houston's last 13 games against Texas.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games at home.
The Rangers are playing great offense on this series as they have scored 13 runs in the first 2 games but they'll now face Framber Valdez who has dominated them this season holding them to only 1 run across 13 innings. The Rookie Cole Ragans will take the mound for the Rangers who had a great debut in the major against the White Sox allowing no runs in 5 innings pitched. Even with that great performance from Ragans I gotta go with the Astros on this one as they're by far a better team than the White Sox. Take the Astros.
PICK: Astros -1.5 (-145)
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