Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/23/14
Houston Astros (69-88) at Texas Rangers (63-93)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
Brett Oberholtzer (L) (4-12) (4.699) vs. Nick Martinez (R) (4-10) (5.261)
The Line: Texas Rangers -108 / Houston Astros -102 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-HOU, FSN-SW
The Houston Astros and Texas Rangers play Tuesday night at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
The Houston Astros have lost five of their last seven games and are 19 games below .500. The Astros aren’t scoring runs during this stretch, producing three or less runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Astros have lost four straight when scoring three or less runs. Jose Altuve has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games and Robbie Grossman has a five-game hitting streak. The Houston Astros have an ERA of 4.11, which is 25th in the majors. Brett Oberholtzer takes the mound, and he’s 5-12 with 4.39 ERA and has 91 strikeouts in 139.1 innings. Oberholtzer is 0-3 with a 4.13 ERA in five career games against the Rangers.
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The Texas Rangers have won nine of their last 10 games and pulled within 30 games of a .500 record. The difference during this stretch has been the Rangers pitching staff that has allowed three or less runs in nine of their last 10 games. Overall, the Texas Rangers have an ERA of 4.58, which is 28th in the majors, and they’ve won 10 straight when allowing three or fewer runs. Offensively, Robinson Chirinos has a seven-game hitting streak and Rougned Odor has nine RBIs in his last 10 games. Starting is Nick Martinez, who is 4-11 with a 4.85 ERA and has 70 strikeouts in 128 innings. Martinez is 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA in four career games against the Astros.
The Astros are 4-9 in Oberholtzers last 13 road starts and 1-4 in Oberholtzers last 5 starts overall. The Rangers are 0-7 in Martinezs last 7 home starts and 3-14 in Martinezs last 17 starts overall.
Two horrible teams with two pitchers who couldn't win a game if their life depended on it. Give me the hot hand just for the heck of it.