Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/28/14
Texas Rangers (52-80) at Houston Astros (56-78)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
Nick Tepesech (R) (4-7) (4.371) vs. Collin McHugh (R) (6-9) (3.017)
The Line: Houston Astros -132 / Texas Rangers +122 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-SW, CSN-HOU
The Texas Rangers and Houston Astros begin a four-game series at Minute Maid Park on Thursday.
The Texas Rangers have split their last 10 games and are 28 games below a .500 record. The Rangers pitching staff is still a trainwreck, allowing four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. Overall, the Texas Rangers have an ERA of 4.72, which is 29th in the majors, and they’ve lost 20 of their last 22 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Adrian Beltre has 14 hits in his last nine games and Leonys Martin has six RBIs in his last seven games. Nick Tepesch takes the hill, and he’s 4-8 with a 4.45 ERA and has 46 strikeouts in 93 innings. Tepesch is 2-0 with a 3.31 ERA in three career starts against the Astros.
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The Houston Astros have lost five of their last seven games and are 22 games below a .500 record. Despite the struggles, the Astros pitching staff has been able to hold opponents to three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. Overall, the Houston Astros have an ERA of 4.33, which is 26th in the majors, and they’ve won five of their last eight games when holding a team to three or less runs. Offensively, Chris Carter has homered in three straight games and Jose Altuve has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games. Starting is Collin McHugh, who is 6-9 with a 3.02 ERA and has 126 strikeouts in 119.1 innings. This is McHugh’s first career game against the Rangers.
The Rangers are 5-0 in Tepeschs last 5 starts during game 1 of a series and 8-24 in their last 32 road games. The Astros are 1-4 in McHughs last 5 starts during game 1 of a series and 3-8 in McHughs last 11 starts overall. The Rangers are 21-7 in the last 28 meetings in Houston.
This is a toss-up game between two of the worst teams in all of baseball. However, we are getting the Rangers at plus money, and they have domianted the Astros in Houston over the years. Give me Texas on the road.