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Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros - 9/26/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Houston Astros (96-60) at Texas Rangers (76-80)
Date & Time Tuesday September 26, 2017, 8:05 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Texas Rangers +120 / Houston Astros -130 --- Over/Under: 10
TV Channel
FSSW, ATSW
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MLB | Houston Astros (96-60) at Texas Rangers (76-80)
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The Houston Astros and Texas Rangers meet Tuesday in MLB action at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

The Houston Astros look to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 13 games. The Astros have scored 22 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 11 games. The Houston Astros have won 17 of their last 20 games when scoring at least three runs. Jose Altuve leads the Astros with 199 hits and 81 RBI while George Springer and Yuli Gurriel have combined for 300 hits and 152 RBI. Dallas Keuchel gets the ball, and he is 13-5 with a 2.96 ERA and 117 strikeouts this season. Keuchel is 7-8 with a 4.12 ERA and 125 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers. 

The Texas Rangers need a victory here in order to snap a four-game losing streak. The Rangers allowed 11 runs in Monday’s loss and four or more runs in eight of their last 13 games. The Texas Rangers have lost 10 of their last 14 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Elvis Andrus leads the Rangers with 184 hits and 86 RBI while Shin-Soo Choo and Nomar Mazara have combined for 275 hits and 173 RBI. Cole Hamels gets the ball, and he is 11-4 with a 3.80 ERA and 97 strikeouts this season. Hamels is 7-3 with a 3.78 ERA and 94 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.

The Astros are 5-2 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series, 10-2 in Keuchels last 12 road starts and 17-7 in Keuchels last 24 starts. The Rangers are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series, 4-1 in Hamels' last 5 Tuesday starts and 48-19 in Hamels' last 67 starts. The Rangers are 5-0 in Hamels' last 5 starts vs. Astros, 4-0 in Hamels' last 4 home starts vs. Astros and the Astros are 37-79 in the last 116 meetings.

The Rangers have pretty much played themselves out of a chance to make the playoffs, so they lose some of that value in terms of the plus money with a hot pitcher like Hamels on the hill. Hamels has allowed just three runs in his last 15.1 innings. On the otherside, the Astros have caught fire again these last couple of weeks, and few pitchers have been as consistent as Keuchel all season, and this current Rangers lineup is hitting just .229 against him in 354 at bats. I'll take the Astros here behind their ace. 

Pick:
Houston Astros -130

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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