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Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros - 4/2/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Astros at Texas Rangers
Date & Time Tuesday April 2, 2019, 8:05 PM (EDT)
Globe Life Park
Arlington, TX
The Line
Houston Astros: -1.5 (-137) / Texas Rangers: 1.5 (+117)
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The Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers meet in game two of their three game AL West division set in MLB action from Globe Life Park on Tuesday night.

The Houston Astros will look to build some steam after picking up a 2-1 win over the Rangers in game one on Monday. George Springer belted a solo home run while Robinson Chirinos added a double and an RBI of his own in the win. Carlos Correa went 3 for 4 with a double and Yuli Gurriel added a two-bagger as well while Alex Bregman and Jake Marisnick each had a base knock as well in the victory. Brad Peacock got the win to improve to 1-0 after giving up just one run on two hits while striking out five over 6.2 innings of work. Roberto Osuna closed out the 9th for his 1st save of the season. Justin Verlander will start game two and is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA and 9 strikeouts this season. In his career, Verlander is 13-8 with a 2.82 ERA and 166 strikeouts against Texas.

The Texas Rangers will look to rebound after being stifled offensively in their game one loss on Monday. Ronald Guzman hit a solo home run while Rougned Odor added a base knock of his own as the Rangers mustered up just two hits as a team in the loss, with the rest of the squad batting 0 for 22 with 6 strikeouts in the defeat. Drew Smyly lasted just three innings, giving up one run on four hits, not factoring in the decision while Adrian Sampson tossed the remaining six innings, taking the loss to fall to 0-1 this season. Shelby Miller will start game two and was 0-4 with a 10.69 ERA and 19 strikeouts for Arizona last season. This will be Miller’s second career start against Houston.

Houston is 19-3 in Verlander’s last 22 road starts and 4-0 in their last 4 division games while the under is 6-0 in their last 6 games overall. Texas is 0-4 in their last 4 division games and 3-13 in their last 16 games against a right-handed starter while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 home games. Houston is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings between these two teams and 19-7 in the last 26 meetings between these two teams at Texas.

Injuries have derailed a good chunk of Miller’s career, and if we are being honest, what we saw from Miller in the small sample size with Arizona last year was nothing short of atrocious. Houston appears to finally be turning a corner offensively after starting out somewhat slow, and now have their top pitcher on the mound on the road where he’s been nothing but money and against a division rival that JV has had success against over the years, including going 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA in two starts at Globe Life Park last season. I’ll side with Houston for the win here, and to cancel out some of the heavy juice, I’ll side with the Astros on the RL here.

Houston Astros: -1.5 (-137)

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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