Texas Rangers at Houston Astros
|Date & Time||Friday May 10, 2019, 8:10 PM (EDT)|
Minute Maid Park
Houston Astros -250 / Texas Rangers +220 -- O/U: 8
The Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros meet in game two of their four game AL West division set from Minute Maid Park on Friday night.
The Texas Rangers will look to bounce back after dropping game one on Thursday by a final count of 4-2. Hunter Pence went 1 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs while Elvis Andrus and Asdrubal Cabrera each had a base hit as the Rangers mustered up just three hits as a team in the losing effort. Mike Minor took the loss on the mound after allowing three runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out five over five innings of work. Lance Lynn will start game two and is 4-2 with a 5.75 ERA and 36 strikeouts this season. In his career, Lynn is 4-1 with a 1.89 ERA and 41 strikeouts against Houston.
The Houston Astros will look to keep the momentum going after winning 5 of their last 6 games following their win in game one on Thursday. George Springer went 3 for 5 with a solo home run while Alex Bregman, Josh Reddick and Michael Brantley each had RBIs as well in the win. Yuli Gurriel went 2 for 4 while jose Altuve, Tyler White and Jake Marisnick each had base knocks of their own in the victory. Wade Miley got the win to improve to 3-2 on the year after allowing two runs on two hits while striking out seven over six innings of work. Roberto Osuna closed out the 9th for his 9th save of the season. Justin Verlander will start game two and is 5-1 with a 2.86 ERA and 60 strikeouts this season. In his career, Verlander is 14-8 with a 2.90 ERA and 178 strikeouts against Texas.
Texas is 4-1 in Lynn’s last 5 starts and 17-35 in their last 52 road games while the over is 5-1-1 in their last 7 division games. Houston is 6-1 in Verlander’s last 7 home starts and 25-10 in their last 35 home games while the over is 5-0-1 in their last 6 games overall. The under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams in Houston.
The plus money with Texas is worth a look, given how Lynn has controlled the Astros in his career. However, Texas had their chances as an underdog in game one and Lynn has allowed at least five runs in two of his last three starts. Verlander is coming off of a subpar start in his own right, but the Astros just seem to find ways to win with JV on the bump and manage to do it by a couple of runs so I’ll side with Houston and to cancel out some of the heavy juice, I’ll side with Houston on the RL.