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Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers - 4/14/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas Rangers (4-10) at Houston Astros (9-4)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 4:05 pm (Minute Maid Park)

M Minor (1-1) (2.53) vs. C Morton (2-0) (0.00)

The Line: Houston Astros -205 / Texas Rangers +175 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-1, FS-Southwest

The Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros meet in game two of their three game AL West division set from Minute Maid Park in MLB action on Saturday.

The Texas Rangers will look to even up their series after dropping the opener on Friday by a final score of 3-2, pushing their losing streak to five games. All of Texas’ damage on the scoreboard was done with the long ball, as Joey Gallo and Robinson Chirinos each belted a solo home run to make up the pair of Rangers’ runs in the loss. Jurickson Profar, Nomar Mazara, Ronald Guzman and Isiah Kiner-Falefa each added base hits of their own to round out the offense for the Rangers in defeat. Cole Hamels went six innings, giving up two runs on six hits while striking out seven, not factoring in the decision. Kevin Jepsen took the loss, falling to 0-2 this season. Mike Minor will start game two and is 1-1 with a 2.53 ERA and 12 strikeouts this season. In his career, Minor is 1-2 with a 4.44 ERA and 22 strikeouts against Houston.

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Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers - 4/14/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Houston Astros will look to push for the sweep on Sunday after winning the opener on Friday. George Springer led the way with a pair of RBIs thanks to a pair of solo home runs, while Marwin Gonzalez and Brian McCann each logged a pair of base hits. Jose Altuve and Yuli Gurriel each added a base knock as well to finish off the offensive output for the ‘Stros in the winning effort. Gerrit Cole deserved better if we’re being honest, giving up both runs on three hits while striking out 14 over seven innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Joe Smith got the win to improve to 1-0 while Chris Devenski struck out the side in the 9th for his first save of the season. Charlie Morton will start game two and is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 13 strikeouts this season. In his career, Morton is 1-1 with a 3.78 ERA and 17 strikeouts against Texas.

Texas is 7-19 in their last 26 games overall and 2-6 in their last 8 road games while the under is 5-2-1 in their last 8 division matchups. Houston is 7-2 in Morton’s last 9 starts and 37-17 in their last 54 home games while the under is 7-1 in their last 8 games overall. Texas is 1-8 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams.

There’s no amount of plus money you could give me to take the Rangers in their current form. The offense isn’t coming together, and the pitching can only do so much. The issue here, is that Morton (who you could argue is the lowest option in the Houston starting rotation) has been strong to start the year, and while Houston escaped with a win in game one, I expect things to be much easier for the Astros against Minor so I’ll take Houston on the run line to negate the heavy juice.

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