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Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/9/14

Texas Rangers (45-69) at Houston Astros (47-68)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Yu Darvish (R) (10-6) (2.822) vs. Scott Feldman (R) (5-8) (4.131)

The Line: Houston Astros +137 / Texas Rangers -147 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN-SW, CSN-HOU

The Texas Rangers and Houston Astros play Saturday night at Minute Maid Park.

The Rangers are 2-5 in the month of August and 25 games below a .500 record. As usual, the Rangers pitching staff is a complete mess, allowing four or more runs in seven of their last 12 games. Overall, the Rangers have an ERA of 4.81, which is 29th in all of baseball, and they’ve lost 22 straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Adrian Beltre has a hit in eight of his last 10 games and Elvis Andrus has a hit in nine of his last 10 games. Starting is Yu Darvish, who 10-6 with a 2.82 ERA and has 175 strikeouts in 140.1 innings. Darvish is 4-2 with a 3.00 ERA in eight career starts against the Astros.

Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/9/14

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The Astros are 4-3 in the month of August and 20 games back from a .500 record. While the Astros pitching staff also has a poor ERA at 4.41, they’ve allowed three or fewer runs in six of their last nine games. The Astros have won six of their last seven games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Chris Carter has three homers in his last two games and Matt Dominguez has a hit in seven of his last nine games. Getting the ball is Scott Feldman, who is 5-8 with a 4.13 ERA and has 64 strikeouts in 117.2 innings. Feldman is 1-1 with a 4.07 ERA in four career starts against the Rangers.

The Rangers are 16-7 in Darvishs last 23 starts as a favorite and 1-5 in Darvishs last 6 road starts. The Astros are 0-4 in Feldmans last 4 starts vs. American League West and 1-5 in Feldmans last 6 starts overall. 

Is this a spot where I can finally pick the Rangers? I'm not sure. But it's hard to pick against the Rangers with Darvish on the mound against an Astros team that struggles to score. 

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Texas Rangers -147

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