Houston Astros (112-68) at Texas Rangers (78-84)
|Date & Time||Friday March 30, 2018, 8:05 PM (EDT)|
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The Line: Texas Rangers +179 / Houston Astros -191 --- Over/Under: 10
Coming up on Friday from Globe Life Park, the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers will be continuing their MLB series.
In the Thursday matchup, the Astros secured a 4-1 victory. George Springer smacked a solo homer in a 1-for-4 outing, while Jose Altuve scored a run and managed an RBI for Houston. Carlos Correa also helped out with one hit and one RBI.
Taking the mound for the Astros in the Friday game will be lefty Dallas Keuchel. In his 145.2 innings last year for Houston, Keuchel put up a 14-5 record with a 2.90 ERA and 125 strikeouts to 47 BBs.
Over on the Rangers’ side, there wasn’t a whole lot going on offensively during their opening-day loss. Texas’ Elvis Andrus did have a pretty good game however, tallying a double among two hits and a run plated on a wild pitch.
The Rangers will be sending out RHP Doug Fister on Friday. With his 90.1 innings last season, Fister put up a 5-9 record while tallying a 4.88 ERA, 83 strikeouts and 38 BBs.
The Astros are 7-0 in their last seven during game two of a series and 21-7 in their last 28 Friday games. Houston is also 17-4 in Keuchel’s last 21 Friday starts and 21-9 in his last 30 starts.
Meanwhile, the Rangers are 2-5 in their last seven during game two of a series and the under is 16-7-2 in their last 25 Friday games. With Keuchel on the mount, the Astros are 4-1 in the last five versus the Rangers and the over is 8-2-1 in Keuchel’s last 11 road starts versus Texas.
Just looking at the matchup here on paper, the Astros have most of the advantages across the board. Provided Fister can hang in there for a handful of decent innings—and gets some help from the bats—the Rangers will keep it close. Ultimately however, I think it’s the Astros’ game to control.