Houston Astros (40-25) at Texas Rangers (27-39)
|Date & Time||Saturday June 9, 2018, 7:15 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Texas Rangers +170 / Houston Astros -180 --- Over/Under: 9.5
The Houston Astros and Texas Rangers meet Saturday in MLB action at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
The Houston Astros look for another victory here after splitting their last 10 games. The Astros have scored 19 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Houston Astros have have won 10 of their last 14 games when scoring more than three runs. Jose Altuve leads the Astros with 90 hits and 33 RBI while George Springer and Alex Bregman have combined for 137 hits and 69 RBI. Charlie Morton gets the ball, and he is 7-1 with a 2.84 ERA and 92 strikeouts this season. Morton is 2-1 with a 3.03 ERA and 43 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.
The Texas Rangers could also use a win here after splitting their last 10 games. The Rangers have allowed 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Texas Rangers have lost five of their last eight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Shin-Soo Choo leads the Rangers with 66 hits and 27 RBI while Nomar Mazara and Jurickson Profar have combined for 115 hits and 74 RBI. Mike Minor gets the ball, and he is 4-4 with a 5.76 ERA and 52 strikeouts this season. Minor is 1-2 with a 5.17 ERA and 24 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.
The Astros are 28-11 in their last 39 vs. American League West, 16-7 in their last 23 road games and 1-4 in their last 5 Saturday games. The Rangers are 1-4 in Minors last 5 starts vs. American League West, 1-4 in Minors last 5 starts on grass and 1-4 in Minors last 5 starts. The Astros are 8-1 in the last 9 meetings in Texas, 11-4 in the last 15 meetings and the under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
Morton is coming off a rough start, but he's been a lights out pitcher overall who has given up just 56 hits in 73 innings, while striking out 92 batters. Minor has allowed four or more runs in five of his last seven starts, and he has an ERA over four at home with seven allowed homers in 35 innings. The Rangers simply aren't a good baseball team and their pitching staff gets rocked nightly. I'll take the Astros here despite the steep price.