Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/30/14
Texas Rangers (53-81) at Houston Astros (57-79)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
Miles Mikolas (R) (2-5) (6.436) vs. Scott Feldman (R) (7-10) (4.343)
The Line: Houston Astros -137 / Texas Rangers +127 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: TXA-21, CSN-HOU
The Texas Rangers and Houston Astros play Saturday night at Minute Maid Park.
The Texas Rangers have split their last 10 games and are 28 games below a .500 record. The Rangers offense has produced double-digit run totals in two of their last three games but has been held to three or less runs in six of their last eight games. The Rangers have lost six of their last nine games when scoring three or fewer runs. Adrian Beltre has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games and Alex Rios has hit safely in seven of his last 10 games. The Texas Rangers have an ERA of 4.71, which is 29th in the majors. Miles Mikolas gets the ball, and he’s 2-5 with a 6.44 ERA and has 38 strikeouts in 57.1 innings. Mikolas is 0-1 with a 10.80 ERA in two career starts against the Astros.
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The Houston Astros have lost five of their last seven games and are 18 games below a .500 record. The Astros have produced four or more runs in 10 of their last 14 games. The Astros have also won six of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Chris Carter has gotten on base in eight of his last nine games and Jason Castro has homered in back-to-back games. The Houston Astros have an ERA of 4.32, which is 26th in the majors. Starting is Scott Feldman, who is 7-10 with a 4.34 ERA and has 83 strikeouts in 143 innings. Feldman is 2-1 with a 4.11 ERA in five career starts against the Rangers.
The Rangers are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 3 of a series and 1-5 in Mikolas' last 6 starts. The Astros are 1-5 in Feldmans last 6 starts vs. American League West and 35-81 in their last 116 during game 3 of a series.
We've been picking against the Rangers all season long and cashing big pay days, but this may be the spot to hop on board. The Astros are falling apart right now and Feldman hasn't exactly been lighting it up this year.