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Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros - 8/11/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Astros (71-43) at Texas Rangers (54-59)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 11, 2017 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)

C Morton (9-4) (3.78) vs. C Hamels (6-1) (3.59)

The Line: Texas Rangers -109 / Houston Astros -101 --- Over/Under: 10.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSSW, ATSW

The Houston Astros and Texas Rangers meet Friday in MLB action at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

The Houston Astros could use a win here after losing nine of their last 12 games. The Astros have allowed 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Houston Astros have lost 10 of their last 14 games when allowing three or more runs. Offensively, Jose Altuve leads the Astros with 159 hits and 64 RBI while Yuli Gurriel and George Springer have combined for 231 hits and 125 RBI. Charlie Morton gets the ball, and he is 9-4 with a 3.78 ERA and 104 strikeouts this season. Morton is 1-0 with a 3.27 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.

Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros - 8/11/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Texas Rangers could use a win here after losing seven of their last 11 games. The Rangers have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in their last 10 games. The Texas Rangers have split their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Elvis Andrus leads the Rangers with 131 hits and 59 RBI while Shin-Soo Choo and Rougned Odor have combined for 192 hits and 104 RBI. Cole Hamels gets the ball, and he is 6-1 with a 3.59 ERA and 53 strikeouts this season. Hamels is 6-3 with a 4.06 ERA and 89 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.

The Astros are 5-0 in their last 5 Friday games, 38-16 in their last 54 road games and 4-0 in Mortons last 4 starts with 5 days of rest. The Rangers are 6-1 in their last 7 games following an off day, 22-6 in Hamels' last 28 home starts and 42-16 in Hamels' last 58 starts. The Astros are 15-38 in the last 53 meetings in Texas, 35-75 in the last 110 meetings and the over is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings in Texas.

The Astros are in full struggle mode with the losses piling up, and now they have to go on the road after playing an extra innings game Wednesday and play a Rangers squad that had yesterday off. Not to mention Hamels has allowed just three earned runs in his last 15 innings and has a solid 3.12 ERA at home. I have to side with the Texas Rangers in this spot.

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