Rangers vs. Astros - 9/14/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Astros (76-66) at Texas Rangers (74-67)
MLB Baseball: Monday, September 14, 2015 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
S Kazmir (7-10) (2.63) vs. C Hamels (9-8) (3.76)
The Line: Texas Rangers -130 / Houston Astros +120 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Texas Rangers and Houston Astros begin a four-game series Monday night.
The Houston Astros need a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Astros have scored nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Astros have won five of their last seven when scoring more than three runs. Jose Altuve leads Houston with 174 hits and 58 RBI while Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez have combined for 107 RBI. The Houston Astros have lost five of their last seven road games. Scott Kazmir gets the ball, and he’s 7-10 with a 2.63 ERA and 145 strikeouts this season. Kazmir is 11-6 with a 2.92 ERA and 127 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.
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The Texas Rangers look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Rangers have scored 19 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Rangers have lost five of their last seven when scoring three or less runs. Prince Fielder leads Texas with 164 hits and 75 RBI while Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre have combined for 108 RBI. The Texas Rangers have won six of their last eight home games. Cole Hamels takes the hill, and he’s 9-8 with a 3.76 ERA and 181 strikeouts this season. Hamels is 4-3 with a 4.90 ERA and 63 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.
The Astros are 1-4 in their last 5 Monday games and 27-13 in their last 40 vs. a team with a winning record. The Rangers are 17-5 in their last 22 home games and 5-0 in Hamels' last 5 starts. The Astros are 15-36 in the last 51 meetings in Texas and 22-52 in the last 74 meetings overall.
The Rangers have been hot on their home field lately and have their ace on the hill with Hamels. The Astros have had issues on the road recently and will have trouble scoring against Cole.