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Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers - 8/7/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas Rangers (63-47) at Houston Astros (57-52)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 7, 2016 at 2:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Y Darvish (2-3) (3.29) vs. Joe Musgrove (0-0) (0.00)

The Line: Houston Astros +108 / Texas Rangers -118 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds


Down at Minute Maid Park on Sunday, we’ve got series-closing MLB action between the Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros. 

In the opener of this series on Friday, the Astros blanked Texas 5-0. On Saturday, the Rangers eked out a 3-2 win to even the set. 

Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers - 8/7/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


Heading to the hill on Sunday for the Rangers will be Yu Darvish. In his seven starts and 2-3 record this year, Darvish owns a 3.29 ERA with a 1.12 WHIP in 38.1 innings. Dervish took a loss in his last start against the Orioles, going 6.1 innings with six hits and three earned. 

Taking the swings for the Rangers, we’ve got a few interesting names. Ian Desmond has hit 127 times with 75 runs, 20 homers and 65 RBI. Rougned Odor owns 115 hits with 65 runs, 21 homers and 55 RBI. Adrian Beltre has hit 109 times with 55 runs, 16 homers and 65 runs. Belter came up empty 0-for-5 on Saturday. 

RHP Joe Musgrove will start Sunday’s game against the Rangers. In his one game so far, Musgrove went 4.1 innings with one hit, one walk and eight Ks. With Lance McCullers on the DL (elbow), Musgrove has a golden opportunity to secure a rotation spot here. 

The Astros have no shortage of talent at the top end of their order. Jose Altuve has been stellar with 153 hits, 80 runs, 19 homers and 66 RBI so far. George Springer has hit 22 homers with 60 RBI, 111 hits and 76 runs. As for Carlos Correa, he’s got 107 hits with 53 runs, 15 homers and 70 RBI so far.

The Rangers are 11-2 in their last 13 Sunday games, and 8-3 in Darvish’s last 11 Sunday starts. Texas is also 0-6 in Darvish’s last six road starts, and 0-5 in Darvish’s last five starts. 

Meanwhile, the Astros are 13-6 in their last 19 game threes of a series, and 24-12 in their last 36 home games. Houston is also 2-7 in their last nine overall and 1-5 in their last six games against a right-handed starter.

I think youth will win out in the pitching matchup here, and the Houston offense should be able to solve Darvish. I’ll take the Astros.

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