Houston Astros (56-31) at Texas Rangers (38-48)
|Date & Time||Wednesday July 4, 2018, 7:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Texas Rangers +162 / Houston Astros -172 --- Over/Under: 10.5
The Houston Astros and Texas Rangers meet Wednesday in MLB action at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
The Houston Astros look for another victory after splitting their last eight games. The Astros have scored nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Houston Astros have won 18 of their last 19 games when scoring more than two runs. Jose Altuve leads the Astros with 114 hits and 41 RBI while Alex Bregman and George Springer have combined for 175 hits and 95 RBI. Lance McCullers Jr. gets the ball, and he is 9-3 with a 3.55 ERA and 106 strikeouts this season. McCullers is 1-3 with a 5.72 ERA and 41 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.
The Texas Rangers need a victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Rangers have allowed 19 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last nine games. The Texas Rangers have lost eight of their last 12 games when allowing at least four runs. Offensively, Shin-Soo Choo leads the Rangers with 91 hits and 40 RBI while Nomar Mazara and Jurickson Profar have combined for 155 hits and 99 RBI. Mike Minor gets the ball, and he is 6-4 with a 4.64 ERA and 70 strikeouts this season. Minor is 1-2 with a 5.06 ERA and 28 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.
The Astros are 45-17 in their last 62 Wednesday games, 6-2 in McCullers Jr.s last 8 road starts and 6-0 in McCullers Jr.s last 6 starts. The Rangers are 7-1 in their last 8 Wednesday games, 6-2 in their last 8 home games and 4-1 in Minors last 5 starts during game 2 of a series. The Astros are 15-3 in the last 18 meetings in Texas, 6-0 in the last 6 meetings and the under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
The Houston Astros have owned the Texas Rangers dating back to last season and are head and shoulders the better team yet again this season. McCullers has allowed seven hits and three runs in his last 13 innings and is giving up jus a .215 batting average on the season. Minor has been improved as of late, but he's been subpar overall this season and is allowing a .252 batting average with a 1.17 WHIP. I'll back the Astros here, even though the price is a bit steep. The Rangers usually lose whenever they run into the Astros.