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Rangers vs. Astros - 4/12/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Houston Astros (2-2) at Texas Rangers (2-3)
Date & Time Sunday April 12, 2015, 3:05 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Texas Rangers -112 / Houston Astros +102 --- Over/Under: 8.5
TV Channel
ROOT-SW, FSN-SW
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MLB | Houston Astros (2-2) at Texas Rangers (2-3)
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The Houston Astros and Texas Rangers square off Sunday afternoon in a rubber game.

The Houston Astros have lost three of their last four games and are struggling to put runs on the board. The Astros have scored two or less runs in three of their last four games and are coming off a game where they scored just two runs on 11 hits. Jose Altuve is one of four Houston players with four hits and Jed Lowrie has homered twice in 17 at bats. The Houston Astros are having little trouble getting guys on base, but they still need to find players who can finish the job and put runs on the board. The Astros have lost 11 of their last 13 when scoring three or less runs. Dallas Keuchel gets the ball, and he’s 1-0 with a 0-0 ERA and four strikeouts this season. Keuchel is 2-3 with a 4.12 ERA and 39 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.

The Texas Rangers are finally starting to look like a decent team, as their offense has produced 17 runs in their last three games. Prince Fielder has eight hits and three RBI, while Mitch Moreland and Shin-Soo Choo have combined for six RBI. The Rangers have won 10 of their last 11 games when scoring more than three runs. The Texas Rangers pitching staff is also coming off a solid outing in which they struck out nine batters and allowed two or less runs in three of their last five games. The Rangers are dangerous when both sides of the ball are clicking. Colby Lewis takes the hill, and he’s 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA and four strikeouts this season. Lewis is 5-1 with a 1.54 ERA and 54 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.

The Astros are 91-200 in their last 291 road games and 6-0 in Keuchels last 6 starts. The Rangers are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 3 of a series and 3-8 in Lewis' last 11 home starts. The Rangers are 4-0 in Lewis' last 4 starts vs. Astros.

The Rangers offenses seems to have found their groove a bit, and Lewis has beaten the Astros in each of his last four meetings, which doesn't include a 5-1 record overall in his career. I like the home team. 

Pick:
Texas Rangers -112

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