Astros vs. Rangers - 9/14/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Rangers (87-59) at Houston Astros (75-70)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
Y Darvish (5-4) (3.28) vs. Joe Musgrove (2-4) (4.78)
The Line: Houston Astros +110 / Texas Rangers -120 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Texas Rangers look to sweep the Houston Astros late Wednesday night.
The Texas Rangers look to stay hot after winning five of their last eight games. The Rangers have scored nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 15 games. The Texas Rangers offense has shown up consistently all year, and they’ve won 10 of their last 12 games when scoring more than three runs. Ian Desmond leads Texas with 166 hits, Adrian Beltre has 97 RBI and Rougned Odor has 31 home runs. Yu Darvish gets the nod, and he’s 5-4 with a 3.28 ERA and 103 strikeouts this season. Darvish is 4-4 with a 3.51 ERA and 106 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.
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The Houston Astros could use a win here after losing six of their last seven games. The Astros have allowed 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 13 games. The Houston Astros have an ERA of 4.05 and have lost four straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jose Altuve leads Houston with 195 hits, George Springer has 75 RBI and Carlos Correa has 19 home runs. Joe Musgrove takes the hill, and he’s 2-4 with a 4.78 ERA and 40 strikeouts this season. Musgrove is 0-1 with a 4.76 ERA and nine strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.
The Rangers are 4-1 in their last 5 Wednesday games and 6-1 in Darvishs last 7 starts. The Astros are 15-3 in their last 18 Wednesday games and 1-4 in Musgroves last 5 starts. The Rangers are 1-4 in Darvishs last 5 starts vs. Astros.
The Astros can't afford any more losses if they hope to make a serious playoff push these next couple of weeks, and they have the offense to get it done. It's tough to sweep a good team and Darvish has been beatable on the road. I'll take Houston at home with the plus money.