Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/24/14
Houston Astros (69-89) at Texas Rangers (64-93)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
Scott Feldman (R) (8-11) (3.821) vs. Lisalverto Bonilla (R) (2-0) (3.273)
The Line: Texas Rangers -111 / Houston Astros +101 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-HOU, FSN-SW
The Texas Rangers look to sweep the Houston Astros Wednesday at the Globe Life Park in Arlington.
The Houston Astros have lost six of their last eight games and are 20 games below a .500 record. The Astros offense has really hit a dead end, as they’ve produced three or less runs in six of their last nine games. The Astros have lost five straight when scoring three or less runs. Jose Altuve has hit in eight of his last 10 games and Robbie Grossman has a six-game hitting streak. The Houston Astros have an ERA of 4.12, which is 25th in the majors. Scott Feldman gets the ball, and he’s 8-11 with a 3.82 ERA and has 101 strikeouts in 174.1 innings. Feldman is 3-1 with a 3.18 ERA in six career starts against the Rangers.
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Don’t look now but the Texas Rangers have won 10 of their last 11 games and have pulled within 29 games of a .500 record. The Rangers pitching has improved by leaps and bounds, as they’ve allowed three or less runs in 10 of their last 11 games. The Texas Rangers have an ERA of 4.56, which is 28th in the majors, and they’ve won 11 straight when allowing three or fewer runs. Offensively, Elvis Andrus has hit in seven of his last 10 games and Robinson Chirinos has an eight-game hitting streak. Starting is Lisalverto Bonilla, who is 2-0 with a 4.30 ERA and has 10 strikeouts in 14.2 innings. This will be Bonilla’s first career game against the Astros.
The Astros are 1-8 in Feldmans last 9 road starts and 1-4 in Feldmans last 5 starts overall. The Rangers are 9-19 in their last 28 during game 3 of a series and 6-15 in their last 21 vs. a team with a losing record.
While I've been fading the Rangers all season long, they've been the hottest team in baseball over the last two weeks. You have to ride the hot hand in a meaningless baseball game here.