MLB Odds & Free Picks: Rangers vs Astros 08/30/17

MLB Picks and Parlays: Texas and Houston Continue Their Series from Florida

by @MattCashCapper

Vegas Odds by Bovada
Rangers  O/U 8½
Astros -190

Dallas Keuchel

With Houston Astros still under deluge from last weekend’s hurricane, this series was shifted to St Petersburg after the two teams couldn’t agree on proper compensation to play it in Arlington. Texas Rangers took the opener 12-2 on Tuesday, snapping a three-game losing streak.

They were swept in Oakland over the weekend, breaking their momentum after the Rangers had won 11 of their previous 15 games.

That hot streak had allowed Texas to get back into the wildcard race and bring their record back over .500 on August 17th- for the first time in a month. After Tuesday’s win they’re almost back there at 65-66 and three games off the pace.

Houston has had a pretty tough month of August, just 10-16 overall. They started particularly slow and are also just 3-5 in their last eight. It’s taken some of the shine off their sterling season as one wonders if they’re starting to run out of steam as the season enters the final stretch.

They did however manage to take two of three from a hot Angels team over the weekend. The three games were decided by a total of four runs.

The surprising part of Houston’s struggles is the offense has been having a harder time to produce after hitting at a near historic pace for the first four months of the season. They’ve averaging 4.07 RPG for the month, which is 14th in the league. Their team ERA is 4.00.

Texas has been raking, averaging 5.65 RPG and the team ERA is 4.07.

Shin-Soo Choo led the offensive parade for Texas on Tuesday with a home run and four RBIs and Adrian Beltre also drove in three.

Andrew Cashner (7-9, 3.44 ERA) has been a hard luck pitcher for Texas. In the five most recent games the Rangers have lost with him on the mound (dating to June 14th) they’ve scored a grand total of eight runs. Last time out he gave up four runs in six innings of a 7-5 win over the Angels. He’s got a 3.28 ERA in four August starts.

Dallas Keuchel (11-2, 2.58 ERA) has come on strong in his last three starts as he regains his comfort zone. He missed almost two months before returning on July 28th. Keuchel gave up 14 runs in 12 innings in his first three starts. He’s allowed four runs (three earned) in 20.2 innings over his last three. Washington beat the Astros 5-4 in his last game and he allowed three runs (two earned) in seven innings of work.

 

Cash It In: Houston are -190 favorites, Texas +165 underdogs. With Keuchel looking like an ace again, look for Houston to find a way to win this one against an underrated Cashner. Astros 4-2.

MLB Expert Picks and Parlays: Astros -190 &  Under 8½

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