Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers - 5/20/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Rangers (22-19) at Houston Astros (17-25)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 20, 2016 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
C Lewis (2-0) (3.12) vs. L McCullers (0-0) (9.64)
The Line: Houston Astros -140 / Texas Rangers +130 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: RTSW, FSSW
Coming up Friday evening in the MLB, the Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros will kick off their weekend series at Minute Maid Park.
The Rangers finished up an early-week set with the A’s on Wednesday, dropping all three games of the series. Oakland outscored Texas by a combined 19-7 score.
Meanwhile, the Astros played a mid-week series against the White Sox. Houston won the first two games by a combined three runs. On Thursday in the finale, Chicago prevented the sweep 2-1. There were only nine hits combined in that game.
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On Friday, we’ll be seeing right-hander Colby Lewis take the mound for the Rangers. In his eight starts and 2-0 record this season, Lewis has generated a 3.12 ERA with a 1.17 WHIP over 52 total innings. On Saturday against the Blue Jays, Lewis came up with a no-decision on two runs with four hits.
The Rangers have a pretty underrated group of hitters on their roster. Rougned Odor (currently serving an eight-game suspension for punching Jose Bautista) leads the team on 46 hits with 28 runs and 21 RBI. Adrian Beltre has 42 hits with a team-high 27 RBI. Ian Desmond is also hitting well, and has contributed a team-high 30 runs with 42 hits, 25 RBI and a .275 BA.
Over on the Astros’ side, we’ll be getting another look at right-hander Lance McCullers. After being activated from the disabled list (shoulder) last Friday, McCullers struggled a bit in his season debut, lasting just 4.2 innings with five runs on seven hits.
The Houston batting order is pretty stacked as well. Jose Altuve has been smoking on 56 hits with 38 runs and nine homers for 26 RBI. Carlos Correa is contributing with 42 hits, 22 runs and seven homers. George Springer is also swinging a big stick on nine homers with 25 RBI so far this year. Altuve, Correa and Springer combined to go just 2-for-12 in the Thursday game.
The Rangers are 6-0 in Lewis’ last six Friday starts, and 5-1 in Lewis’ last six starts with five days’ rest.
Meanwhile, the Astros are 1-4 in McCullers’ last five starts against the American League West and 1-6 in McCullers’ last seven starts against a team with a winning record.
I like the way Lewis is pitching this season, and McCullers is better than he let on in his first start. I’ll give a slight edge to the Astros, but I also like the under here.