Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers - 7/18/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Rangers (42-46) at Houston Astros (49-40)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
C Lewis (8-4) (4.77) vs. S Feldman (4-4) (4.80)
The Line: Houston Astros -125 / Texas Rangers +115 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-Southwest, FS-Southwest
The Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers butt heads in game two of their series in Saturday action.
The Houston Astros were an unexpected leader of the American League West until a two week skid dropped them to second. The Astros began the second half of the season on the right foot with a 3-2 win against visiting Texas. Collin McHugh was hit hard but escaped with just one run allowed on eleven hits over six frames to pick up the win. The Stros posted nine hits and walked four times with Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and LJ Hoes driving in runs. Scott Feldman gets the ball in game two of their series versus the visiting Rangers. Lewis was outstanding in a 4-1 victory at Baltimore with the lone run allowed on four hits and three BB over six frames.
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The Texas Rangers were one of the surprise stories of the first half but things didn’t go well heading in to the break. The Rangers struggles continued in Friday’s defeat which was their 9th in eleven outings. Starter Martin Perez gave up all three runs on nine hits and a pair of bases on balls through five innings to fall to 0-1. The offense did everything but score on a 15 hit attack. Elvis Andrus recorded an RBI while Adrian Beltre and Mitch Moreland scored with six players logging at least two hits.Veteran Colby Lewis looks to get in the win column in his third meeting with Houston. Lewis is coming off of a 6-5 loss to San Diego where he gave up three runs on five hits and a pair of BB in seven innings.
Texas are 1-7 in their last 8 overall and are 1-7 in their last 8 games on grass while the under is 8-2-1 in their last 11 road games. The under is 5-1-2 in Houston’s last 8 games as a favorite and the Astros are 20-7 in their last 27 home games while the under is 6-2 in Feldman’s last 8 home starts. The under is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings and are 25-10 in the last 35 meetings in Houston. Houston was fortunate Friday and Texas didn’t capitalize…