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Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros - 8/12/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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

MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)

M Fiers (7-6) (4.14) vs. T Ross (2-2) (7.51)

The Line: Texas Rangers TBA / Houston Astros TBA --- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds

TV: ATSW, FSSW

Down in Arlington at Globe Life Park, the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers will be continuing their weekend MLB series. 

In the Friday opener, Texas scored four runs in the third inning on the way to a 6-4 victory to get an early edge in the series. 

Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros - 8/12/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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For the Saturday game, the Astros will be bringing out RHP Mike Fiers. In his 124.0 innings and 7-6 record this year, Fiers has a 4.06 ERA with 122 Ks. 

Houston has some big bats this year. Coming into this series, Jose Altuve had 159 hits, 78 runs, 17 homers and 64 RBI while Yuli Gurriel had 116 hits, 53 runs, 15 homers and 59 RBI. On Friday, Altuve posted a hit; Gurriel managed a run. 

Over on the Rangers’ side, they’re going with RHP Tyson Ross on Saturday. In his 32.1 innings and 2-2 record this year, Ross has a 7.52 ERA with 27 Ks. 

Texas has a few key hitters as well. Elvis Andrus entered this series with 131 hits, 65 runs, 15 homers and 59 RBI; Shin-Soo Choo had 97 hits, 65 runs, 14 homers and 51 RBI. Choo plated a run on Friday; Andrus ripped three hits with three runs and an RBI. 

Houston is 1-4 in their last five Saturday games, and 0-4 in their last four during game four of a series. The under is 4-1 in the Astros’ last five during game two of a series and 10-3-1 in the Astros’ last 14 Saturday games. 

Meanwhile, the Rangers are 8-1 in their last nine Saturday games and 12-5 in their last 17 during game two of a series. The under is 5-0 in the Rangers’ last five Saturday games and Texas is also 2-4 in their last six home games. 

Fiers is the top dog on the Astros team when it comes to starts (22) and innings (124.0) and has nine quality starts. Fiers gave up five earned on seven hits in his lone start against Texas this year. As for Ross, he’s been out of action on the DL with a blister on his index finger. In Ross’ last start, he gave up four hits and four earned in 3.2 innings in Tampa. I like Fiers to come out strong here and help the Astros buck their downward trend, so I’ll take Houston for the win.

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