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Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers MLB Picks, Odds, Predictions 5/22/2021

Houston Astros (26-18) vs. Texas Rangers (19-27)
May 22, 2021 4:05 pm EDT
The Line: Texas Rangers +157 / Houston Astros -170; Over/Under: -8.5
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The Houston Astros and Texas Rangers meet Saturday in MLB action at Globe Life Field.

The Houston Astros look for a win after winning eight of their last 10 games. The Astros have scored 21 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 15 straight games. The Astros have won eight of their last 10 games when scoring four or more runs. Yuli Gurriel leads the Astros with 52 hits and 37 RBI while Yordan Alvarez and Michael Brantley have combined for 96 hits and 39 RBI. Lance McCullers Jr. gets the ball, and he is 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA and 52 strikeouts this season. McCullers is 1-4 with a 3.73 ERA and 74 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.

The Texas Rangers need a win after losing nine of their last 11 games. The Rangers have scored seven runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Rangers have split their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Isiah Kiner-Falefa leads the Rangers with 50 hits and 18 RBI while Nick Solak and Nate Lowe have combined for 88 hits and 47 RBI. Jordan Lyles gets the ball, and he is 2-3 with a 5.93 ERA and 42 strikeouts this season. Lyles is 1-1 with a 3.47 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.

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The Astros are 18-6 in their last 24 games as a favorite and 8-1 in their last 9 overall. The Rangers are 16-39 in their last 55 during game 1 of a series and 1-9 in their last 10 overall. The over is 6-0-1 in Astros last 7 road games. The over is 6-1 in Rangers last 7 vs. American League West. The Astros are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in Texas and 38-18 in the last 56 meetings.

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The Texas Rangers have had issues stringing wins together all season and they’re a tough sell in this spot with Jordan Lyles on the mound. The Houston Astros continue to swing hot bats and as long as that continues, they’ll continue to cash tickets at a high rate. One loss doesn’t knock me off the bandwagon. Give me the Astros and the RL here for max betting value.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick:
Houston Astros -1.5
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