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Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/29/14

Texas Rangers (52-81) at Houston Astros (57-78)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 29, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Pitcher TBA () (0-0) (0.00) vs. Brett Oberholtzer (L) (3-9) (4.316)

The Line: Houston Astros -132 / Texas Rangers +122 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN-SW, CSN-HOU

The Texas Rangers and Houston Astros play game two of four Friday night at Minute Maid Park.

The Texas Rangers have split their last 10 games and are 29 games below a .500 record. Nothing has changed with the Rangers as their pitching staff is still lousy, allowing four or more runs in 11 of their last 14 games. Overall, the Texas Rangers have an ERA of 4.71, which is 29th in the majors, and they’ve lost 21 of their last 23 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Adrian Beltre has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games and Leonys Martin has five hits in his last two games. Scott Baker takes the mound, and he’s 2-3 with a 5.45 ERA and has 44 strikeouts in 66 innings. Baker is 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA in four career games against the Astros.

Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/29/14

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The Houston Astros have also split their last 10 games and are 21 games below a .500 record. Despite the poor record, the Astros offense has picked up the pace by scoring four or more runs in 10 of their last 14 games. The Astros have won six of their last seven when scoring more than three runs. Chris Carter has homered four times in his last 10 games and Jason Castro is coming off a four-RBI game. The Houston Astros have an ERA of 4.34, which is 26th in the majors. Starting is Brett Oberholtzer, who is 4-9 with a 4.01 ERA and has 79 strikeouts in 116.2 innings. Oberholtzer is 0-2 with a 2.25 ERA in four career games against the Rangers.

 The Rangers are 8-26 in their last 34 during game 2 of a series and 1-4 in Bakers last 5 starts overall. The Astros are 4-1 in Oberholtzers last 5 home starts and 6-2 in Oberholtzers last 8 starts overall.

What's been the trend all season? Pick against the Rangers, of course. No different here.

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Houston Astros -132

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