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Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros - 9/17/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Astros (77-70) at Texas Rangers (79-67)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)

L McCullers (5-5) (3.10) vs. C Lewis (15-8) (4.45)

The Line: Texas Rangers +102 / Houston Astros -112 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Southwest, ROOT-Southwest

The Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros face off on Thursday in Arlington as they close out their MLB series of the top two teams in the American League West.

The Texas Rangers have moved into first place in the American League West and they extended it 1.5 games with a win over the Astros on Wednesday. Price Fielder hit two home runs and Mike Napoli, Rougned Odor, Bobby Wilson each hit home runs as the Rangers scored 14 runs on 16 hits. Starting pitcher Martin Perez allowed nine hits and a run while striking out three over 7.0 innings to get the win and raise his record to 3-5 for the season. For Thursday’s game the Rangers start Colby Lewis who has allowed 183 hits and 91 earned runs while striking out 128 over 184 innings for a 15-8 record and a 4.45 ERA.

Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros - 9/17/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Houston Astros continued their slide as they lost to the Rangers on Wednesday. Evan Gattis hit a home run, Colby Rasmus had two hits, and Jose Altuve had a hit as the Astros scored three runs on 10 hits. Starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel allowed 11 hits and nine runs while striking out five over 4.2 innings to take the loss and fall to 17-8 for the season. For Thursday’s game the Astros start Lance McCullers who has allowed 87 hits and 35 earned runs while striking out 102 over 101.2 innings for a 5-5 record and a 3.10 ERA.

Texas is 22-5 in their last 27 home games, 5-0 against the AL West, and 12-4 in Lewis last 16 starts against a team with a winning record. Houston is 11-5 following a loss, 1-6 against the AL West, and 1-4 in McCullers’ last five starts. Houston is 14-38 in their last 52 games in Texas.

The total is set at 9 but I don’t see that many runs so my free pick is under the total. My stronger pick is on the winning team and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App. 

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Under 9

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