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Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers - 7/17/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas Rangers (42-46) at Houston Astros (49-40)

MLB Baseball: Friday, July 17, 2015 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

M Perez (0-0) (0.00) vs. C McHugh (9-5) (4.18)

The Line: Houston Astros -150 / Texas Rangers +140 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Southwest, ROOT-Southwest

The Houston Astros welcome the Texas Rangers to Minute Maid Park in Friday night action.

The Texas Rangers were one of the better stories early in the year which basically means they had played better then expected. The Rangers have been in a bit of a tailspin lately which has them at 42-46 which probably doesn’t feel good with the Angels catching fire and threatening to pull away. The Rangers issue of late is scoring runs or lack of it while the pitching has given up six runs or more in five of ten and that has led to defeats in eight of ten before the break. The Rangers have activated left hander Martin Perez from the disabled list after elbow problems. Perez made it through just eight starts in 2014 before getting hurt where he was 4-3 with a 4.38 ERA after winning ten games in 2012.

Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers - 7/17/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Houston Astros haven’t been accustomed to a lot of success in recent years but they began 2015 like gangbusters in one of their best seasons in recent memory. Having said that the All Star break might have been a welcome sight given the Stros had dropped eight of ten and lost their grip on the final day before the break to the suddenly surging Angels which had to be a huge disappointment. The way I see it is Houston now has two problems in that they have to find a way to score some runs and they have to worry about the defending American League West champs. Collin McHugh is scheduled to be on the hill for the series opener against visiting Texas on Friday. McHugh is 9-5 with a 4.50 ERA and the Astros are 11-7 in his outings overall.

Texas are 1-7 in their last 8 overall and are 1-7 in their last 8 games on grass while going  8-2-1 in the Rangers last 11 road games. The under is 5-1-2 in Houston’s last 8 games as a favorite while the Astros are 2-6 in their last 8 Friday games and  are 20-7 in their last 27 home games. The under is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings while Texas are 25-10 in the last 35 meetings in Houston. I don’t think McHugh is a great choice but I don’t know what to expect from Perez…

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Houston -150

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