Houston Astros (55-31) at Texas Rangers (38-47)
|Date & Time||Tuesday July 3, 2018, 8:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Texas Rangers +150 / Houston Astros -170 --- Over/Under: 10.5
We have some AL West division action on tap Tuesday as the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers kick off a mini two game set from Globe Life Park in MLB action from Arlington, Texas.
The Houston Astros will look to rebound and snap a three game losing streak following a series loss against Tampa Bay, including a 3-2 loss in the series finale on Sunday. Evan Gattis hit a pair of solo home runs to account for all of Houston’s scoring in the loss. Alex Bregman, Max Stassi and Tony Kemp each contributed a base hit to cap off Houston’s offense in defeat. Charlie Morton took the loss, falling to 10-2 this season after giving up two runs on six hits while striking out 11 over 6.2 innings of work. Dallas Keuchel will start game one and is 4-8 with a 4.22 ERA and 80 strikeouts this season. In his career, Keuchel is 9-9 with a 4.03 ERA and 148 strikeouts against Texas.
The Texas Rangers will look to rebound after failing to complete the sweep of the Chicago White Sox, following a 10-5 loss to Chicago in the series finale on Sunday. Joey Gallo led the Rangers with two RBIs and a triple while Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Delino DeShields and Rougned Odor each had an RBI to round out the scoring for Texas in the loss. Ryan Run went 3 for 5 with a double while Jurickson Profar, Elvis Andrus and Nomar Mazara each added a base hit in the losing effort. Cole Hamels took the loss after giving up seven runs on nine hits while striking out seven over five innings of work, falling to 4-7 on the year. Austin Bibens-Dirkx will start game one and is 1-1 with a 3.57 ERA ad 17 strikeouts this season. This will be Bibens-Dirkx’s first career start against Houston.
Houston is 5-1 in Keuchel’s last 6 road starts and 18-6 in their last 24 games overall while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 division matchups. Texas is 0-5 in Bibens-Dirkx’s last 5 home starts and 4-0 in their last 4 games against a left-handed starter while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 home games. Houston is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams, 15-3 in the last 18 meetings between the two teams in Texas and 4-1 in Keuchel’s last 5 road starts against Texas.
The Astros have had almost all of the success when these two get together dating back to last season and have had Texas’ number when Keuchel has been on the mound for the last couple of years. However, Keuchel is not the same ace we’ve become accustomed to seeing for the Astros, and although Texas has been hot, who knows what we are going to see from Bibens-Dirkx on the mound. This seems like a prime spot for the over to cash in.