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Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros - 7/12/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Houston Astros at Texas Rangers
Date & Time Friday July 12, 2019, 8:05 PM (EDT)
Location
Globe Life Park in Arlington
Arlington, Texas
The Line
The Line: Houston Astros -183 / Texas Rangers +168 -- Over/Under: 10
TV Channel
ATSW, FSSW
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The Houston Astros and Texas Rangers meet Friday in MLB action at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

The Houston Astros look for a victory after winning six of their last eight games. The Astros have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 14 games. The Houston Astros have won eight of their last nine games when scoring four or more runs. Michael Brantley leads the Astros with 109 hits and 46 RBI while Yuli Gurriel and Josh Reddick have combined for 181 hits and 82 RBI. Gerrit Cole gets the ball, and he is 9-5 with a 3.09 ERA and 170 strikeouts this season. Cole is 4-2 with a 3.72 ERA and 78 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.

The Texas Rangers look for a win after splitting their last 12 games. The Rangers have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Texas Rangers have won six of their last nine games when scoring four or more runs. Elvis Andrus leads the Rangers with 100 hits and 46 RBI while Shin-Soo Choo and Nomar Mazara have combined for 177 hits and 85 RBI. Jesse Chavez gets the ball, and he is 3-4 with a 3.30 ERA and 59 strikeouts this season. Chavez is 3-2 with a 3.63 ERA and 72 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.

The Astros are 50-21 in their last 71 during game 2 of a series, 14-3 in Cole's last 17 starts with 5 days of rest and 38-15 in Cole's last 53 starts. The Rangers are 7-2 in their last 9 games vs. a right-handed starter, 2-6 in their last 8 overall and 4-1 in Chavez's last 5 starts on grass. The Astros are 19-7 in the last 26 meetings in Texas and 5-2 in Cole's last 7 starts vs. Rangers. The under is 10-1-1 in Rangers last 12 Friday games. The under is 4-0 in Cole's last 4 starts overall.

Cole has allowed three earned runs in his last 26 innings and has nine or more strikeouts in four of his last six starts. While he's been more dominant at home, Cole is still allowing just a 3.30 ERA and .222 batting average on the road. Chavez has given up 10 hits and seven earned runs in his last 11 innings and has been hit hard at home where he has a 4.26 ERA and .271 allowed batting average. Cole has been too dominant of a pitcher this last month or so to bet against, and you have to be worried about Chavez given his recent struggles and going up against this Houston lineup. I'll eat the juice with the road team.

Pick:
Houston Astros -183

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