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Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros - 4/1/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Astros at Texas Rangers
Date & Time Monday April 1, 2019, 8:05 PM (EDT)
Globe Life Park
Arlington, Texas
The Line
Texas Rangers +150 / Houston Astros -160 O/U: 9.5
TV Channel
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The Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers will meet up on the MLB circuit Monday to kick off their series.

Houston will be rolling with Brad Peacock on the mound Monday. In his 61 games in 2018, Peacock put up a 3.46 ERA, 56 hits and 96 strikeouts in 65.0 innings total.

The Astros had some trouble with a pesky Tampa team this weekend, falling in three straight after winning the opener. In the 3-1 loss Sunday, Houston’s Jake Marisnick owned the only RBI and run for the team.

Over on the Rangers’ side, they’re going with Drew Smyly on Monday. We haven’t seen Smyly since 2016, as he’s struggled with a flexor strain in his pitching elbow since then which has taken him a long time to recover from.

The Rangers took two of three from the Cubs in a high-scoring series this weekend. In Sunda’s 11-10 victory, Texas’ Daniel Descalso did a lot of the heavy lifting with his three hits, two runs and one RBI.

The Astros are 5-1 in the last six Monday games and 42-20 in their last 62 in game one of a series. Houston is 5-0 in Peacock’s last five Monday starts and 4-1 in his last five starts.

Meanwhile, the Rangers are 1-4 in their last five Monday games and the under is 5-2 in their last seven Monday games. The over is 15-7 in Texas’ last 22 in game one of a series and the Rangers are 3-8 in the last 11 meetings between these teams.

Peacock had some really nice outings at the end of 2018, but he also had a few stinkers—such as three earned on five hits in 0.1 innings during his last appearance versus Baltimore.

As for Smyly, he finished with a run of three good-not-great starts (a 1-1 mark way back in 2016), and also had a couple of meltdowns prior to that. But since it was eons ago it doesn’t really matter anyway.

In any case, there’s not much to go on here pitching-wise, so it’s probably a game to stay away from. Still, Houston should get this one.

Houston Astros -160

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