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Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros Free Pick 9/23/13

Houston Astros (51-105) at Texas Rangers (84-71)

MLB Baseball: Monday, September 23, 2013 at 8:05 pm (Rangers Ballpark)

Jordan Lyles (R) (7-8) (5.228) vs. Derek Holland (L) (9-9) (3.476)

The Line: Texas Rangers -285 / Houston Astros +255 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-Houston, FS-Southwest

The Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros face off on Monday in Arlington as the begin the final week of the 2013 MLB regular season.

The Texas Rangers are watching their post season hopes slip away and they have a week left to make a final push. The Rangers are 1.5 games out of the final Wildcard spot in the American League as they are 3-7 in their last 10 games. The Rangers are hitting .261 as a team with Adrian Beltre hitting .318, A.J. Pierzynski hitting .274, and Ian Kinsler hitting .262. For game one against the Astros the Rangers start Derek Holland who is 9-9 with a 3.48 ERA in his last three starts and 0-2 with a 8.59 EA in his last three starts.

Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros Free Pick 9/23/13

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The Houston Astros have the worst record in baseball and they have a chance to make the Rangers season almost as miserable. The Astros have lost nine games in a row and they are 54 games under .500 with a .327 winning percentage. As a team the Astros are hitting .242 with Jose Altuve hitting .282, Jason Castro hitting .276, and Jonathan VIllar hitting .266. For game one in Texas the Astros start Jordan Lyles who is 7-8 with a 5.26 ERA for the season and 1-1 with a 6.32 ERA in his last three starts.

Texas is 4-13 in their last 17 games, 0-7 in their last seven as a home favorite, and 12-5 in Holland’s last 17 starts against the AL West. Houston is 17-46 against a left-handed starter, 21-56 in their last 77 games, and 17-46 in Lyle’s last 63 starts. Houston is 12-40 in their last 52 games against Texas.

It is now or never for the Texas Rangers as not making the post season will likely sting plenty but by not at least beating a team like the Astros in crunch time would be brutal and more than likely heads will roll in Texas.

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