Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros - 4/20/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Astros (5-9) at Texas Rangers (8-6)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
D Fister (1-1) (7.59) vs. C Hamels (2-0) (2.95)
The Line: Texas Rangers -150 / Houston Astros +140 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Southwest, ROOT-Southwest
The Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros face off on Wednesday in Game two of their AL West MLB series.
The Texas Rangers got out to an early lead on Tuesday and they fought off the Astros attempts for a comeback to get the win. Prince Fielder and Mitch Moreland hit home runs and Ian Desmond, Rougned Odor, and Elvis Andrus each had two hits as the Rangers scored seven runs on 12 hits. Starting pitcher Derek Holland allowed five hits and two runs while striking out five over 5.0 innings to get the win to go to 2-0 for the season and Shawn Tollerson earned his fourth save. For Wednesday’s game the Rangers start Cole Hamels who has allowed 15 hits and six runs while striking 16 over 18.1 innings for a 2-0 record and a 2.95 ERA.
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The Houston Astros never quit on Tuesday but they couldn’t capitalize on their chances as they fell to the Rangers in game one. Jose Altuve and George Springer each hit home runs and Carlos Gomez was among those players with a hit as the Astros scored five runs on eight hits. Starting pitcher Scott Feldman allowed six hits and four runs, three earned, while striking out just one over 5.0 innings to take the loss and fall to 0-2 for the season. For Wednesday’s game the Astros start Doug Fister who has allowed 14 hits and nine runs while striking out eight over 10.2 innings for a 1-1 record and a 7.59 ERA.
Texas is 18-8 at home against a right-handed starter, 11-5 in game two of a series, 6-1 at home against a team with a road winning percentage below .400, and 14-2 in Hamels last 16 starts. Houston is 4-2 in their last six games, 22-48 in their last 70 road games, 1-4 in game two of series, and 32-76 on the road against a left-handed starter. Houston is 24-58 in their last 82 games against Texas.
These teams can both hit the baseball but the total just looks to be too high so my free pick in this one is going to be the over.