Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/22/14
Houston Astros (69-87) at Texas Rangers (62-93)
MLB Baseball: Monday, September 22, 2014 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
Nick Tropeano (R) (1-1) (2.700) vs. Derek Holland (L) (1-0) (0.988)
The Line: Texas Rangers -150 / Houston Astros +140 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-HOU, FSN-SW
The Houston Astros and Texas Rangers begin a three-game series Monday at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
The Houston Astros have split their last eight games and are 18 games below a .500 record. The Astros have scored 23 runs in their last three games and have won eight of their last nine games when scoring more than three runs. Of course, offense hasn’t been a strong point this season for the Astros. Robbie Grossman has hit in nine of his last 10 games and Jose Altuve has seven hits in his last three games. The Houston Astros have an ERA of 4.12, which is 25th in the majors. Nick Tropeano gets the ball, and he’s 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA and has nine strikeouts in 10 innings. This will be Tropeano’s first career game against the Rangers.
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The Texas Rangers have won eight of their last nine games and are 29 games below a .500 record. The Rangers pitching staff has been big during this stretch, allowing three or less runs in eight of their last nine games. Overall, the Texas Rangers have an ERA of 4.61, which is 28th in the majors, and they’ve won nine straight when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Rougned Odor has hit in eight of his last 10 games and Robinson Chirinos has a six-game hitting streak. Starting is Derek Holland, who is 1-0 with a 0.99 ERA and has 22 strikeouts in 27.1 innings. Holland is 2-1 with a 3.69 ERA in six career starts against the Astros.
The Astros are 89-195 in their last 284 road games and 22-55 in their last 77 road games vs. a left-handed starter. The Rangers are 4-0 in Hollands last 4 home starts and 21-7 in Hollands last 28 starts during game 1 of a series. The Astros are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Texas.
Even though the Rangers are actually playing decent baseball lately, I can't lay heavy juice with a team that's lost 93 games. Give me the Astros given the value.