Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/12/14
Texas Rangers (19-18) at Houston Astros (11-26)
MLB Baseball: Monday, May 12, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
Colby Lewis (R) (2-2) (6.120) vs. Brad Peacock (R) (0-2) (3.970)
The Line: Houston Astros +141 / Texas Rangers -151 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-SW, CSN-HOU
The Texas Rangers and Houston Astros will begin a three-game series on Monday. The Rangers took two of three the last time these teams met.
The Rangers just lost two of three to the Boston Red Sox and have lost five of their last seven games overall, sitting at .500. The Rangers pitching staff continues to stink it up, allowing five or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Rangers are 3-19 this season when allowing more than three runs. Alex Rios has six hits in his last four games, but Prince Fielder is stuck on three homeruns. Getting the start on Monday is Colby Lewis, who is 2-2 with a 6.12 ERA and has 21 strikeouts in 25 innings. Lewis is 4-1 with a 1.72 ERA in nine career games against the Astros.
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The Astros have lost seven of their last nine games and are 14 games below .500. Of course, the Astros are terrible at just about everything, ranked 29th in the majors in ERA and 28th in runs scored. However, the Astros have scored a combined nine runs in their last two games, which is an improvement from what they’ve done in the past. Jason Castro has a hit in four straight games and Jose Altuve has seven hits in his last four games. Getting the nod Monday is Brad Peacock, who is 0-3 with a 5.01 ERA and has 28 strikeouts in 32.1 innings. Peacock is 0-2 with a 3.07 ERA in three career games against the Rangers.
The Rangers are 1-4 in Lewis' last 5 starts as a favorite and 1-5 in Lewis' last 6 starts as a road favorite. The Astros are 1-5 in Peacock's last 6 starts as an underdog and 1-5 in Peacock's last 6 starts. The Rangers are 21-5 in the last 26 meetings in Houston.
It's no secret the Rangers are the much better team in this matchup and have absolutely dominated the Astros over the years in Houston. The price is reasonable, so go with the Rangers on the road.