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Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers - 7/27/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Texas Rangers (42-62) at Houston Astros (67-37)
Date & Time Friday July 27, 2018, 8:10 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Houston Astros -255 / Texas Rangers +233 --- Over/Under: 9
TV Channel
ATSW, FSSW
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MLB | Texas Rangers (42-62) at Houston Astros (67-37)
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The Texas Rangers and Houston Astros meet Friday in MLB action at Minute Maid Park.

The Texas Rangers could use a win here after losing six of their last seven games. The Rangers have allowed 26 runs in their last three games and six or more runs in six of their last seven games. The Texas Rangers have lost six straight games when allowing at least one run. Offensively, Shin-Soo Choo leads the Rangers with 107 hits and 45 RBI while Nomar Mazara and Jurickson Profar have combined for 177 hits and 106 RBI. Yovani Gallardo gets the ball, and he is 4-1 with a 7.18 ERA and 21 strikeouts this season. Gallardo is 16-5 with a 3.24 ERA and 122 strikeouts in his career against the Astros. 

The Houston Astros look for a victory here after splitting their last four games. The Astros have scored 15 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in three of their last four games. The Houston Astros have won three of their last four games when scoring more than two runs. Jose Altuve leads the Astros with 134 hits and 46 RBI while Alex Bregman and George Springer have combined for 209 hits and 122 RBI. Dallas Keuchel gets the ball, and he is 8-8 with a 3.53 ERA and 98 strikeouts this season. Keuchel is 10-9 with a 3.97 ERA and 155 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.

The Rangers are 11-25 in their last 36 during game 1 of a series, 1-5 in their last 6 road games and 16-5 in Gallardos last 21 starts. The Astros are 4-1 in their last 5 games following an off day, 40-18 in Keuchels last 58 home starts and 5-0 in Keuchels last 5 starts. The Astros are 4-1 in Keuchels last 5 starts vs. Rangers, the Rangers are 5-16 in the last 21 meetings and the under is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings.

The Texas Rangers are just getting blasted pitching wise in the second half of the season, and you can't expect things to be any better against an offensive powerhouse in the Houston Astros. Not to mention the Astros have flat out owned the Rangers in recent meetings, which includes eight straight victories. Also, 13 of the Rangers last 19 losses have been decided by more than one run. So, give me the Astros and the RL here.

Pick:
Houston Astros -1.5

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