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Astros vs. Rangers - 7/19/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas Rangers (42-47) at Houston Astros (50-42)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 2:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Y Gallardo (7-8) (2.62) vs. D Keuchel (11-4) (2.23)

The Line: Houston Astros -153 / Texas Rangers +143 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN-SW, ROOT-SW

The Texas Rangers and Houston Astros play a rubber game Sunday afternoon.

The Texas Rangers need a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Rangers have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Rangers have split their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Prince Fielder leads Texas with 117 hits and 54 RBI while Elvis Andrus and Mitch Moreland have combined for 76 RBI. The Texas Rangers have won five of their last eight road games. Yovani Gallardo gets the ball, and he’s 7-8 with a 2.62 ERA and 79 strikeouts this season. Gallardo is 14-3 with a 2.72 ERA and 107 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.

Astros vs. Rangers - 7/19/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Houston Astros need a win after losing six of their last seven games. The Astros have scored 12 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven of their last eight games. The Astros have lost seven of their last eight games when scoring three or less runs. Jose Altuve leads Houston with 101 hits and 40 RBI while Evan Gattis and Luis Valbuena have combined for 90 RBI. The Houston Astros have won five of their last six home games. Dallas Keuchel takes the hill, and he’s 11-4 with a 2.23 ERA and 114 strikeouts this season. Keuchel is 2-3 with a 3.65 ERA and 50 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.

The Rangers are 7-19 in their last 26 vs. American League West and 5-2 in Gallardos last 7 starts as an underdog. The Astros are 13-6 in their last 19 Sunday games and 19-7 in Keuchels last 26 starts. The Rangers are 25-11 in the last 36 meetings in Houston and 48-21 in the last 69 meetings overall. 

In a game between two struggling teams, I'm siding with the home team and the far better pitcher. Keuchel has been lights out this season, and I'm taking the RL to give the wager more value. 

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Houston Astros -1.5

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