Houston Astros (41-25) at Texas Rangers (27-40)
|Date & Time||Sunday June 10, 2018, 3:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Texas Rangers +180 / Houston Astros -205 --- Over/Under: 10.5
The Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers square off in the final game of their four game AL West division set in MLB action from Globe Life Park in Arlington on Sunday.
The Houston Astros will look to complete the sweep and extend their winning streak which currently sits at four thanks to a 4-3 win in game three on Saturday. Max Stassi put up a solo home run while Alex Bregman added a double and an RBI. George Springer and Yuli Gurriel each had an RBI as well to round out Houston’s scoring in the win. Tony Kemp went 2 for 4 with a double, while Jose Altuve added a base knock of his own to cap off Houston’s offense in the victory. Charlie Morton gave up two runs, one earned while walking six and striking out four over 3.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Tony Sipp got the win to improve to 1-0 while Hector Rondon got his 2nd save of the year. Dallas Keuchel will start game four and is 3-8 with a 4.13 ERA and 63 strikeouts this season. In his career, Keuchel is 9-9 with a 3.86 ERA and 145 strikeouts against Texas.
The Texas Rangers will look to salvage a victory and avoid the sweep after dropping the first three games of the set, including Saturday’s affair. Ronald Guzman went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI, while Nomar Mazara and Delino DeShields each added an RBI as well in the loss. Rougned Odor added a double of his own while Jurickson Profar and Robinson Chirinos each had a base hit as Texas put forth just five hits as a team in the loss. Mike Minor gave up three runs on six hits while striking out four over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Jose Leclerc took the loss, falling to 1-2 this season. Matt Moore will start game four and is 1-5 with a 7.47 ERA and 41 strikeouts this season. In his career, Moore is 3-2 with a 3.46 ERA and 33 strikeouts against Houston.
Houston is 17-7 in Keuchel’s last 24 division starts and 17-7 in their last 24 road games while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 games overall. Texas is 4-1 in Moore’s last 5 starts and 6-20 in their last 26 Sunday games while the over is 7-1 in Moore’s last 8 starts. Houston is 13-3 in the last 16 meetings between these two teams in Arlington.
Normally I wouldn’t hesitate to lay the run line with Houston here. However, Keuchel isn’t the same ace we are used to seeing this season and I’m not laying juice considering he just allowed seven runs in his last start. On the other hand, Moore and plus money holds no value as the guy gets rocked consistently. Instead, I’m going to side with the over. If both of these hurlers continue down the path they’ve been on lately, this one should see double digits when all is said and done.