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Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers - 8/6/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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

MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

L Harrell (3-2) (3.57) vs. D Fister (10-7) (3.56)

The Line: Houston Astros -145 / Texas Rangers +135 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSSW, RTSW

On Saturday, the MLB is bringing us another installment of the series between the Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros from Minute Maid Park. 

Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers - 8/6/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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This will be the second game of the set. On Friday, the Astros blanked the Rangers 5-0. 

Pitching for the Rangers on Saturday will be RHP Lucas Harrell. In his six games so far alongside a 3-2 record, Harrell has posted a 3.57 ERA with a 1.25 WHIP in 35.1 innings. Grabbing a win his last time out against KC, Harrell went six innings with four hits and three runs. 

The Rangers have several interesting bats in their arsenal. Ian Desmond has logged 126 hits with 75 runs, 20 homers and 65 RBI. Roghned Odor holds 114 hits with 65 runs, 21 homers and 55 RBI. As for Adrian Beltre, he’s got 109 hits, 55 runs, 16 homers and 65 RBI. Out of Desmond, Odor and Beltre, Beltre was the only one to get a hit on Friday. 

Over on the Astros’ side, we’ll be seeing right-hander Doug Fister in the starting role Saturday. In 21 starts and a 10-7 record, Fister holds a 3.56 ERA with a 1.26 WHIP in 129 innings. Taking a no-decision against Toronto his last time out, Fister went six innings with four hits and no earned. 

Looking at the Astros’ hitters, we’ve got some gems here as well. Jose Altuve has hit 153 times with 80 runs, 19 homers and 66 RBI. George Springer has hit 111 times with 75 runs, 22 homers and 60 RBI. Carlos Correa has hit 106 times with 53 runs, 15 homers and 70 RBI. 

The Rangers are 19-7 in their last 26 Saturday games, and 37-16 in their last 53 game twos of a series. Texas is also 5-13 in their last 18 road games and 1-6 in their last 7 against the American League West. 

As for the Astros, they’re 1-4 in their last five Saturday games, and 1-5 in their last six game twos of a series. Houston is also 13-4 in Fister’s last 17 starts, and 6-1 in Fister’s last seven starts with four days’ rest. 

I like the way Fister is throwing right now, so I’ll take the Astros for the victory here.

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