Houston Astros at Texas Rangers
|Date & Time||Sunday July 14, 2019, 3:05 PM (EDT)|
Globe Life Park in Arlington
The Line: Houston Astros -233 / Texas Rangers +190 -- Over/Under: 10.5
The Houston Astros and Texas Rangers meet Sunday in MLB action at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
The Houston Astros look for a win after splitting their last six 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 11 of their last 15 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 184 hits and 84 RBI. Justin Verlander gets the ball, and he is 10-4 with a 2.98 ERA and 153 strikeouts this season. Verlander is 15-8 with a 2.79 ERA and 186 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.
The Texas Rangers look for a win after splitting their last 14 games. The Rangers have scored 20 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in their last seven games. The Texas Rangers have won seven of their last 11 games when scoring four or more runs. Elvis Andrus leads the Rangers with 102 hits and 47 RBI while Shin-Soo Choo and Nomar Mazara have combined for 181 hits and 88 RBI. Ariel Jurado gets the ball, and he is 5-4 with a 4.23 ERA and 48 strikeouts this season. Jurado is 1-0 with a 0.93 ERA and four strikeouts in his career against the Astros.
The Astros are 5-1 in their last 6 Sunday games, 22-5 in Verlanders last 27 road starts and 45-21 in Verlanders last 66 starts. The Rangers are 8-2 in their last 10 games vs. a right-handed starter, 5-2 in their last 7 home games and 7-20 in their last 27 during game 4 of a series. The Astros are 4-1 in Verlanders last 5 road starts vs. Rangers and 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Texas. The under is 5-2 in Jurados last 7 starts overall. The over is 4-1-1 in Verlanders last 6 starts overall.
Verlander has been a bit shaky lately, allowing three or more earned runs in his last six starts and is coming off a game against the Angels where he allowed three homers in seven innings. Jurado has allowed 23 earned runs in his last 36.1 innings, and he has a 4.73 RA and .268 allowed batting average at home this season. Verlander should have a bounce back performance here, especially with him having a .214 batting average and 141 strikeouts in 411 career at bats against current Rangers. I'll take the Astros and the RL.