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Astros vs. Rangers - 8/5/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas Rangers (63-46) at Houston Astros (56-52)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 5, 2016 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

M Perez (7-7) (4.22) vs. D Keuchel (6-11) (4.92)

The Line: Houston Astros -181 / Texas Rangers +171 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSSW/RTSW

The Texas Rangers and Houston Astros begin a three-game series Friday night.

The Texas Rangers look for another win after winning five of their last seven games. The Rangers have scored eight runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Texas Rangers offense continues to be hit or miss, and they’ve won five of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Ian Desmond leads Texas with 126 hits, Rougned Odor has 55 RBI and Adrian Beltre has 16 home runs. Martin Perez gets the ball, and he’s 7-7 with a 4.22 ERA and 63 strikeouts this season. Perez is 5-2 with a 1.88 ERA and 31 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.

Astros vs. Rangers - 8/5/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Houston Astros could use a win after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Astros have scored three runs in their last three runs and two or less runs in six straight games. The Houston Astros Dallas offense continues to blow wind, and they’ve lost eight of their last 10 games when scoring three or less runs. Jose Altuve leads Houston with 151 hits, George Springer has 60 RBI and Carlos Correa has 16 home runs. Dallas Keuchel takes the hill, and he’s 6-11 with a 4.86 ERA and 119 strikeouts this season. Keuchel is 4-7 with a 4.58 ERA and 97 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.

The Rangers are 2-6 in their last 8 during game 1 of a series and 10-3 in Perezs last 13 starts. The Astros are 5-1 in their last 6 Friday games and 24-7 in Keuchels last 31 home starts. The Rangers are 30-14 in the last 44 meetings in Houston.

The Astros have the pitching advantage in this contest, but can you really lay heavy juice with the way they've been swinging the bats? Two or less runs i nsix straight games. Uh, no thanks. I'll take the Rangers and the big plus money as more of a fade from the Astros.

 

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Texas Rangers +171

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