MLB Betting News and Notes Sunday, March 31

MLB Betting News and Notes Sunday, March 31

TEXAS (93 - 70) at HOUSTON (55 - 107) - 8:05 PM

MATT HARRISON (L) vs. BUD NORRIS (R)

Top Trends for this game.
TEXAS is 27-30 (-14.5 Units) against the money line against division opponents over the last 2 seasons.
TEXAS is 56-31 (+19.6 Units) against the money line when the total is 8 to 8.5 over the last 3 seasons.
HARRISON is 16-3 (+13.6 Units) against the money line when playing on Sunday since 1997. (Team's Record)
HOUSTON is 112-213 (-64.2 Units) against the money line in all games over the last 3 seasons.
HOUSTON is 110-212 (-66.1 Units) against the money line in games played on a grass field over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

MATT HARRISON vs. HOUSTON since 1997
HARRISON is 0-1 when starting against HOUSTON with an ERA of 6.55 and a WHIP of 1.636.
His team's record is 1-1 (-0.2 units) in these starts. The UNDER is 2-0. (+2.0 units)

BUD NORRIS vs. TEXAS since 1997
No recent starts.

TEXAS vs. HOUSTON
Texas is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
Texas is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Houston   
Houston is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston's last 9 games

Texas at Houston
Harrison: 16-3 TSR on Sundays
Norris: 2-12 TSR with a total of 8.5 to 10 runs

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Rangers at Astros: What Bettors Need to Know
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Texas Rangers at Houston Astros (+155, 8.5)

The Texas Rangers had a disappointing finish to the 2012 season and were left out of all the big-name signings during the offseason, leaving a few question marks heading into 2013. The Houston Astros, who open their first year in American League play by hosting the Rangers on Sunday night, have a less positive outlook for the season. The Astros have finished with the worst record in the majors in each of the last two seasons.

Houston agreed to move over to the AL as part of the sale of the team and will be transitioning from one of the worst divisions - the National League Central - to one that should be one of the most hotly-contested in the AL West. Texas is one of three teams in the West that won at least 89 games in 2012 and the fourth club - the Seattle Mariners - boasts a strong pitching staff. One thing Houston won’t have to deal with in its opening series is Josh Hamilton, who left the Rangers for the rival Los Angeles Angels over the winter.

PITCHING MATCHUP: Rangers LH Matt Harrison (2012: 18-11, 3.29 ERA) vs. Astros RH Bud Norris (2012: 7-13, 4.65)

Harrison inherits the No. 1 spot from Colby Lewis, who got the opening day nod last season but will begin 2013 on the disabled list after undergoing arm surgery. Texas was reportedly in the mix for the top arm on the free agent market, Zack Greinke, but fell short on that bid and will instead hand things off to the All-Star Harrison, who is coming off his best season. The left-hander is 0-1 in four career games - two starts - against Houston but has never allowed a hit to any of the current Astros players he has faced, most notably Carlos Pena (0-for-8) and Chris Carter (0-for-7).

Norris takes over the mantel of No. 1 starter for Houston this season after the team aggressively traded away veterans last summer. The 28-year-old right-hander has averaged just under one strikeout per inning in his career but has never beaten an AL opponent, going 0-1 with a 6.19 ERA in three career interleague starts. Norris has never faced the Rangers but has been a stronger pitcher in his career at Minute Maid Park with a 3.51 ERA in 48 starts.

TRENDS:

* Rangers are 14-2 in Harrison’s last 16 starts during game one of a series.
* Astros are 4-17 in Norris' last 21 starts.
* Under is 4-1 in Rangers’ last five road games.
* Under is 5-1 in Astros’ last six home games.

EXTRA INNINGS

1. Texas is 19-5 against Houston over the last four seasons.

2. Only two players that started on opening day last season for the Astros - second baseman Jose Altuve and catcher Jason Castro - are expected to be in Sunday’s lineup.

3. The Rangers brought in former Houston star Lance Berkman in the offseason and are expected to slot the 37-year-old in at DH.

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MLB: Streaks, Tips, Notes
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Texas Rangers at Houston Astros

The Houston Astros and Texas Rangers open the 2013 Major League Baseball season Sunday night at Minute Maid Park. After 51 years of history in the National League the Astros field their first A.L. West roster in this opener. Baseball fans in Texas aren't new to this rivalry, the Astros and Rangers played one another six times a season in Interleague since 2001 in what was known as the Lone-Star Series with the winner awarded the Silver Boot Trophy. Rangers won 42 of the 72 matchups but dominated the series the past four years racking up a 19-5 record. Bud Norris making his first ever opening start for Astros was 7-13 last year but is off a productive spring posting a 2-0 record with a 3.92 ERA over five starts. Norris has never faced Rangers but heads to the hill knowing he was 4-1 with a 1.71 ERA on home turf last season. Matt Harrison also makes his first opening day start for Rangers. The hurler 18-11 last year completed spring 1-1 with a 5.11 ERA over four starts. Harrison 1-1 life-time vs Stros was 10-7 on the road the past campaign.

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