Texas Rangers (35-62) vs. Houston Astros (58-39)
July 23, 2021 8:10 pm EDT
The Line: Houston Astros -230 / Texas Rangers +208; Over/Under: +9
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The Texas Rangers and Houston Astros meet Friday in MLB action at Minute Maid Park. The Rangers need a win here to snap a nine-game losing streak. The Astros look for a win after splitting their last six games.
The Texas Rangers have scored eight runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last seven games. The Rangers have lost seven straight games when scoring three or less runs. Isiah Kiner-Falefa leads the Rangers with 98 hits and 32 RBI while Adolis Garcia and Nate Lowe have combined for 172 hits and 105 RBI. Kolby Allard gets the ball, and he is 2-7 with a 4.06 ERA and 62 strikeouts this season. Allard is 1-2 with a 2.25 ERA and 10 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.
The Houston Astros have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last six games. The Astros have won three of their last four games when scoring four or more runs. Yuli Gurriel leads the Astros with 104 hits and 58 RBI while Michael Brantley and Jose Altuve have combined for 195 hits and 93 RBI. Jake Odorizzi gets the ball, and he is 3-5 with a 4.09 ERA and 45 strikeouts this season. Odorizzi is 4-1 with a 3.26 ERA and 46 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.
The Rangers are 16-56 in their last 72 road games and 17-44 in their last 61 overall. The Astros are 44-20 in their last 64 games as a favorite and 31-15 in their last 46 overall. The over is 13-5-1 in Rangers last 19 road games. The Rangers are 5-21 in the last 26 meetings in Houston and 8-18 in the last 26 meetings.
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The Rangers look like a team that’s checked out mentally, as they have yet to win a game in the second half. The Astros are still hot offensively and they’ve won 18 of the last 26 meetings against the Rangers. I want nothing to do with the Rangers. Give me the Astros and the RL for max betting value.