Astros vs. Rangers Prediction
The Houston Astros were too much for the host Texas Rangers to handle in game one of the series last night. Will the result be the same when the series continues today?
Friday, June 8, 2018
Globe Life Park at 8:05PM ET
TV: SportsNet SW (HOU)
Compare odds from multiple different online sportsbooks and shop for the best lines at our new Baseball Odds & Betting Page.
Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Astros are a -200 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Rangers are a +185 underdog, while the over-under is set at 9 runs. As of Friday morning, 73 percent of public bets are pouring in on visiting Houston. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Cole continues stellar season
Houston right-hander Garrett Cole has proven to be a phenomenal offseason acquisition as he lowered his ERA to 2.16 and improved to 7-1 on the season Thursday night with a 5-2 win at the Rangers. Cole allowed one earned run on three hits with eight strikeouts and three walks over six innings. Alex Bregman was 2-for-4 with a home run, a double and two runs scored to help pace the offense. Jose Altuve finished 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. Evan Gattis ended his night 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs. Marwin Gonzalez was 2-for-4.
Choo has multi-hit game
Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo had a two-hit night in the loss as he had a pair of singles plus a walk in four at-bats, scoring one run. Adrian Beltre and Robinson Chirinos both had a hit and an RBI. Isiah Kiner-Falefa had a hit and scored the other Texas run. Cole Hamels allowed five earned runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and two walks in 7 1/3 innings to take the loss.
Justin Verlander (7-2, 1.24 ERA) gets the start today for Houston, while Doug Fister (1-6, 4.13) goes for the Rangers.
MLB Betting Trends
The Astros are 37-17 in their last 54 Friday games. The under is 13-6-2 in the last 21 Houston games on Friday.
The Rangers are 1-7 in their last eight home games versus Houston. Texas is 4-10 in the last 14 meetings.
Verlander is too good to bet against here. Even in a hitter's park, he should be able to ease his way through the Rangers lineup. And I don't trust Fister. While the moneyline is steep, take a shot at the runline bet for a better payout without having to bet a boatload.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: HOUSTON ASTROS RL -125