Texas Rangers vs Houston Astros Prediction, Pick and Preview, May 21 (5/21): MLB

Texas Rangers vs Houston Astros Prediction, Pick and Preview, May 21 (5/21): MLB

Credit: photo by Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

 

Odds

Time 7:10 p.m. EST
Rangers money line +205
Rangers run line +1.5 (+100)
Astros money line -250
Astros run line -1.5 (-120)
Over / under 7.5

 

Key stats

  Texas Rangers Houston Astros
Record 18-20 25-15
Road / home record 8-8 10-5
Last 10 record 6-4 6-4
Streak W1 L1
Over / under record 17-17-4 11-27-2
Runs / game 4.28 4.42
Runs allowed / game 4.39 3.32

Preview

The Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers will play the 3rd game of the series at the Minute Maid Park on Saturday night. The Rangers took the win 3-0 on Friday to tie the series. Pérez pitched his first shutout since 2014.

Texas Rangers

The Rangers get here with a 18-20 record and have won 5 of their last 6 games. The team is averaging 4.28 runs per game and allowing 4.39 runs. Corey Seager is batting for .244 AVG and has 8 home runs. Adolis Garcia leads with 24 RBI and 6 home runs.

Pérez (3-2) struck out five, walked one and threw 108 pitches. The left-hander won his third straight start and has a 1.64 ERA in eight outings this season.

Probable Pitcher:  Jon Gray (1-1, 5.73 ERA)

Gray will be on the mound in the 3rd game of the series for the Rangers. Gray allowed four runs on eight hits and a walk over 5.1 innings Monday, striking out eight and earning a win over the Angels. In his last start against the Astros allowed 4 runs and struck out 9 across 4.1 innings.

Houston Astros

The Astros get here with a 25-15 record and have lost 3 of their last 5 games. The team is averaging 4.42 runs per game and are allowing 3.32 runs. Yordan Alvarez has 12 home runs and 22 RBI. Michael Brantley is batting for .286 avg and Kyle Tucker has 26 RBI.

Cristian Javier (2-2) yielded one run on three hits with a career-high tying nine strikeouts in six innings. Javier rebounded nicely after being tagged for seven runs in 3 2/3 innings in his last outing against the Nationals on Saturday.

Probable Pitcher:  Justin Verlander (5-1, 1.38 ERA)

Verlander will be on the mound in the 3rd game of the series for the Astros. Verlander allowed two hits and three walks while striking out five in five scoreless innings to earn the win over the Nationals on Sunday. He faced the Rangers earlier this season and got the win allowing 1 run and struck out 8 batters across 7 innings.

BETTING TRENDS

The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Texas' last 6 games on the road.

Texas are 1-11 SU in their last 12 games when playing on the road against Houston.

Houston are 14-4 SU in their last 18 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston's last 6 games against Texas.

Prediction

With an outstanding perform from Martin Perez the Rangers shoutout the Astros and tied the series bu they'll now have to face Justin Verlander who already beat them earlier in the season. The Astros have won in 5 of the 7 starts of Verlander this season and are 11-1 in the last 12 games vs Rangers in Houston. Look for the Astros to bounce back and win this game.

PICK: Astros -1.5 (-120)

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