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Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros - 3/31/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Astros (1-1) at Texas Rangers (1-1)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 4:05 pm (Globe Life Park)

L McCullers (0-0) (0.00) vs. M Moore (0-0) (0.00)

The Line: Texas Rangers +174 / Houston Astros -185 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Southwest

The Houston Astros continue their MLB opening week series at the Texas Rangers on Saturday.

The big offense of the Houston Astros was held in check Friday and the arms couldn’t carry the load in a 5-1 loss at Texas. Houston starter Dallas Keutchel took the loss with three runs given up over six frames with Joe Smith allowing two runs in an inning.

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Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros - 3/31/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The dangerous Astros attack was limited to only five hits but did walk five times. Max Stassi accounted for the Houston scoring with an RBI double that plated Evan Gattis.

The Astros have tabbed Lance McCullers Jr. as Saturday’s starter versus the Rangers. McCullers made 22 starts a season ago and went 7-4 with a 4.25 ERA over 118.2 innings.

The Texas Rangers are hoping to be a factor in the American League West and looked the part Friday behind dominant work on the mound and at the plate. Texas starter Doug Fister was the star of the game with the lone run allowed over six frames.

The Rangers banged out ten hits and walked twice with Nomar Mazara going deep and scoring twice while Joey Gallo recorded an RBI and scored. Overall, Ryan Rua was the lone Texas player that failed to reach base or record an RBI or score.

Left hander Matt Moore makes his first start for Texas after spending 2017 with San Francisco. Moore made  31 starts and appeared in relief once for the Giants and went 6-15 with a 5.52 ERA.

Houston are 35-16 in their last 51 games on grass and Houston are 35-17 in their last 52 overall and Houston are 3-8 in McCullers Jr. last 11 starts. Texas are 2-9 in their last 11 overall and Texas are 2-9 in their last 11 games on grass and Texas are 2-9 in their last 11 home games. Houston  are 18-38 in the last 56 meetings in Texas.

I’ll back the Astros but this is assuming the bats rebound from a very quiet performance at the plate…

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