Houston Astros (76-52) vs. Texas Rangers (44-84)
August 28, 2021 7:05 pm EDT
The Line: Texas Rangers +185 / Houston Astros -263; Over/Under: +8
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The Houston Astros and Texas Rangers meet Saturday in MLB action at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Astros look for a win after winning six of their last eight games. The Rangers need a win after losing six of their last eight games.
The Houston Astros have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Astros have won six straight games when scoring four or more runs. Michael Brantley leads the Astros with 131 hits and 45 RBI while Yuli Gurriel and Jose Altuve have combined for 260 hits and 137 RBI. Framber Valdez gets the ball, and he is 8-4 with a 2.94 ERA and 92 strikeouts this season. Valdez is 2-2 with a 3.91 ERA and 31 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.
The Texas Rangers have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last six games. The Rangers have split their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Isiah Kiner-Falefa leads the Rangers with 137 hits and 40 RBI while Nathaniel Lowe and Adolis Garcia have combined for 225 hits and 129 RBI. Kolby Allard gets the ball, and he is 3-10 with a 4.86 ERA and 84 strikeouts this season. Allard is 1-3 with a 4.95 ERA and 15 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.
The Astros are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series and 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games. The Rangers are 17-36 in their last 53 during game 2 of a series and 22-56 in their last 78 overall. The under is 3-1-1 in Astros last 5 road games. The over is 4-0-1 in Rangers last 5 overall. The Astros are 35-17 in the last 52 meetings.
The Rangers have lost 10 of the last 12 games Kolby Allard has pitched, so while he has a 3.70 ERA in the month of August, it’s hard to back this team with any confidence. Framber Valdez has allowed just 22 hits and eight runs in his last 26.1 innings and the Astros are red hot this week as a team. Only option here is to side with the Astros and the RL for max betting value.