Houston Astros vs Texas Rangers Prediction, Pick and Preview, September 6 (9/6): MLB

Houston Astros vs Texas Rangers Prediction, Pick and Preview, September 6 (9/6): MLB

Credit: photo by   Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

 

Odds

Time 8:10 p.m. EST
Rangers money line +215
Rangers run line +1.5 (+100)
Astros money line -265
Astros run line -1.5 (-120)
Over / under 8

 

Key stats

  Texas Rangers  Houston Astros
Record 58-76 87-48
Home / road record 30-38 44-20
Last 10 record 1-9 7-3
Streak L9 W2
Over / under record 66-58-10 50-77-8
Runs / game 4.52 4.50
Runs allowed / game 4.58 3.29

 

Preview

The Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers will play the 2nd game of the series at the Minute Maid Park on Tuesday. The Astros took the narrow victory 1-0 in the first game of the series.  Hunter Brown dazzled in his major league debut, scattering three hits across six impressive innings.

 

Texas Rangers

The Rangers get here with a 58-76 record and have lost their last 9 games. The team is averaging 4.52 runs per game and they're batting for .244 AVG, have 598 runs scored in 1102 hits and 162 home runs, ranking #10 in offense in the league behind the Milwaukee Brewers. Adolis Garcia leads with 84 RBI and 21 home runs while Corey Seager has 29 homers and 72 RBI.

Defensively as they are allowing 4.58 runs per game and rank #22 in the league. Martin Perez leads the pitching staff with a 2.89 ERA, 144 strikeouts and 10 wins recorded for the Rangers.

Probable Pitcher:  Glenn Otto (6-8, 4.82 ERA)

Otto will be on the mound in the 2nd game of the series for the Rangers. Otto didn't factor in the decision against Boston on Thursday, allowing three runs on four hits and one walk while striking out eight batters over five-plus innings. He is 0-2 with an ERA of 4.94 and 22 strikeouts in 5 appearances against the Astros in his career.

Houston Astros

The Astros get here with a 87-48 record and have won 6 of their last 7 games. They're averaging 4.50 runs and batting for .246 AVG, 607 runs scored in 1098 hits and 174 home runs, ranking #11 in offense in the league behind the Texas Rangers. Yordan Alvarez leads the team batting for .303 avg with 31 home runs and 82 RBI. 

Defensively they are allowing 3.29 runs per game and ranking #2 in the league. Justin Verlander leads the pitching staff with a 1.84 ERA, 154 strikeouts and 16 wins recorded for the Astros.

Probable Pitcher: Framber Valdez (14-4, 2.63 ERA)

Valdez will be on the mound in the 2nd game of the series for the Astros. Valdez allowed two earned runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out eight across eight innings to earn the win Tuesday against the Rangers. He has a record of 6-2 with an ERA of 2.39 and 66 strikeouts in 12 appearances against the Rangers in his career.

 

BETTING TRENDS

Texas are 1-7 SU in their last 8 games against Houston.

Texas are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games on the road.

Texas are 2-16 SU in their last 18 games when playing on the road against Houston.

Houston are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games.

The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 7 games against Texas.

Houston are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games at home.

 

Prediction

The Rangers are on a bad streak and have now lost 9 games in a row and have struggled offensively in their last 4 games. Glenn Otto will take the mound for Texas who has been up and down this season and has allowed 2 runs in each if his 3 starts vs Astros this season. Framber Valdez will start for the Astros who's having a great season and has dominated the Rangers in his career. The Rangers couldn't score against Brown so expect them to continue struggling against Valdez. Take the Astros..

PICK: Astros -1.5 (-120)

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