Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers - 8/29/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Rangers (64-66) at Houston Astros (79-51)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 8:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
M Perez (9-10) (4.94) vs. M Fiers (8-8) (4.23)
The Line: Houston Astros / Texas Rangers --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
We have a battle for Lone Star State supremacy on Tuesday, as the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers kick off a three game AL West division set on Tuesday.
The Texas Rangers come into this one looking to bounce back after being swept by Oakland over the weekend, including back-to-back 8-3 losses against the A’s on Saturday and in Sunday’s finale as well. Shin-Soo Choo went 1 for 4 with a solo homer while Elvis Andrus matched that mark at the dish with an RBI of his own. Adrian Beltre went 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles while Carlos Gomez, Nomar Mazara, Robinson Chirinos and Drew Robinson all added base hits of their own in the losing effort. A.J. Griffin took the loss to fall to 6-5 this season after giving up three runs on five hits while walking and whiffing three apiece. Martin Perez will start the opener and is 9-10 with a 5.00 ERA and 90 strikeouts this season. In his career, Perez is 5-4 with a 3.05 ERA and 43 strikeouts against Houston.
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The Houston Astros will look to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last six games, but were able to eke out a 7-5 win over the Angels in their series finale on Sunday to take the series from L.A. Brian McCann led the way, with four RBIs while going 2 for 4 at the dish with a triple. Jose Altuve went 2 for 4 with a homer and two RBIs, while Josh Reddick went 3 for 4 and Yuli Gurriel chipped in a base hit of his own in the win. Charlie Morton gave up three runs on four hits while striking out five over five innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Joe Musgrove blew his first save of the season, but got the win to improve to 6-8 this season, while Ken Giles threw a scoreless 9th for his 26th save of the year. Mike Fiers will start game one and is 8-8 with a 4.17 ERA and 137 strikeouts this season. In his career, Fiers is 0-2 with a 7.57 ERA and 25 strikeouts against Texas.
Texas is 4-0 in Perez’s last 4 starts and 11-3 in their last 14 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 7-3 in Perez’s last 10 division starts. Houston is 9-3 in Fiers’ last 12 division starts and 5-2 in their last 7 division games while the under is 7-0-1 in their last 8 games against a team with a losing record. The under is 5-0 in Perez’s last 5 starts against Houston.
If this game was in Houston, I’d give Houston a bit more of a shot here, but with this game moving to Tampa Bay due to Hurricane Harvey, on a neutral field, I’ll have to side with Texas. Perez has won his last four starts, even getting the win after giving up six earned a couple of starts ago. The Rangers are also still battling for a wild card spot, and Houston hasn’t been the most consistent team themselves lately. Give me the Rangers.