There is no hotter team in baseball than they Houston Astros. The ‘Stros have won their past seven games, averaging 8.9 runs per game and holding opponents to just 4.0. However, Houston enters their classic Lone Star State Rivalry with the Texas Rangers struggling against their in-state adversaries, going 9-24 in the last 33 matchups.
– Shark Bites
- Jose Altuve is 5-for-27 with 6 strikeouts in his career against Yu Darvish.
- The Astros are 8-0 SU in their last 8 games with Dallas Keuchel as the starting pitcher.
- The Rangers are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games at home.
The series starts with a pitching duel between Dallas Keuchel and Yu Darvish Friday. Keuchel is back to Cy Young form after a down 2016 season, as the lefty paces the MLB in wins and has a stellar 1.81 ERA with opponents batting just .187. Keuchel will have revenge on his mind against a Rangers club he struggled mightily against last season.
Not to be outdone, Darvish has a 2.97 ERA on the season and is seventh in the American League in strikeouts. Despite a good season overall, Darvish has had a tendency to leave sliders hanging this season and has given up eight home runs in his past eight starts.
The Astros own the hottest bat in the majors right now with Carlos Correa hitting out of his mind. The shortstop is 16-for-31 with 10 RBIs and seven runs during his current seven-game hitting streak. The Rangers bats have been explosive offensively, scoring five or more runs in 17 of their 29 games in the month of May. However, the Texas bullpen continues to choke away big leads for the club.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Those betting on the visitors in this one found the Houston Astros listed as favorites of -107 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 8.5, check for odds updates at MyBookie.
Odds – Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 7.2-3.4 win for the Astros on Friday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.
Houston Astros vs Texas Rangers Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Texas Rangers sport a record of 26-28 heading into this matchup, while the Houston Astros sit at 38-16 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Texas vs Houston injuries news.
The Texas Rangers vs Houston Astros odds would favor the Astros if the betting lines were set according to our power ranks. Texas is rated No. 14 in the current Odds – Shark poll, while Houston is at No. 1.
Offensively, the game matches up Texas Rangers No. 11 ranked offense (4.8 runs per game) against a Houston Astros defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 2 at 3.74 runs allowed per game. The Texas Rangers have been averaging 8.06 hits per game, less than the Houston Astros have managed so far this season (9.48 hits on average).
Texas owns the No. 18 defense, allowing 4.8 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Houston’s No. 2-rated defense.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Houston ran up the score in their last game on Wednesday, jumping to a lead and resulting in a 17-6 victory against Minnesota.
Texas lost in extra innings against the Rays on Wednesday as Tampa Bay edged them 7-5 at Globe Life Park.
- Houston is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
- Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
- Houston is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
- Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
- Texas is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
- Texas is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas’s last 6 games
- Texas is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Houston at Texas, Saturday, June 3rd