Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/31/14
Texas Rangers (53-82) at Houston Astros (58-79)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 2:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
Nick Martinez (R) (3-9) (5.882) vs. Dallas Keuchel (L) (10-9) (3.047)
The Line: Houston Astros -138 / Texas Rangers +128 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSW, CSNH
The Houston Astros and Texas Rangers conclude their four game weekend series in the AL West.
The Texas Rangers have the worst record in baseball and can’t wait to start next season fresh. Last night in Houston, the Rangers were shut out 2-0 as the offense was only able to muster three total hits as Elvis Andrus, Alex Rios and Adrian Beltre all went hitless in the loss. The Rangers have a -131 run differential on the season and have gone just 29-42 on the road.
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Nick Martinez makes the start for Texas on Sunday as the Rangers try to salvage a series split with the team ahead of them in the AL West standings. Martinez has struggled plenty across 23 appearances (18 starts) as he enters this game with a WHIP of 1.61 and ERA of 5.31 while posting a 3-10 record. The 24 year old righty Martinez has fared better against the Astros with an ERA of 3.38 across three appearances over eight innings. Martinez has also been better but not good on the road with an ERA of 4.33 over 15 games (12 starts) on the road.
The Houston Astros didn’t have high expectations coming into this season like the Rangers so their lack of success is less troubling to the fan base. Last night the Astros took care of business in a low-scoring affair as starting pitcher Scott Feldman pitched a complete game shutout as Jake Marisnick had the only RBI in the team’s four hit performance; Jose Altuve and Carlos Corporan each had a double in the win.
Dallas Keuchel makes the start for Texas looking to cement his status as a potential ace looking towards next season. Keuchel enters this contest with a WHIP of 1.14 and ERA of 3.05 while posting a respectable record of 10-9. The lefty Keuchel owns an ERA of 3.74 across three starts against the Rangers spanning 21.2 innings of work; Keuchel has been his best at home with an ERA of 2.87 over 11 starts, while pitching two complete games.
The Astros are the easy choice here with an edge on the mound and edge as the home team despite having less recognizable bats in the lineup compared to the Rangers.