Astros vs. Rangers Prediction
The defending World Series champion Houston Astros won for the second straight day at the Texas Rangers last night. Will Houston make it three in a row in Arlington and four consecutive victories overall as the series continues tonight?
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Globe Life Park at 7:15PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Astros are listed as a -177 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Rangers are a +167 underdog, while the total sits at 9.5 runs. As of Saturday morning, 81 percent of public bets are pouring in on visiting Houston. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Four-run second inning propels Astros
Texas struck first with a run in the bottom of the first inning Friday night, but Houston responded quickly with a four-spot in the second en route to a 7-3 triumph. Alex Bregman was 1-for-4 with a solo home run, a walk and two runs scored to help pace the offense. Jose Altuve finished 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs. George Springer doubled and drove in two. Evan Gattis was 2-for-4 with a run. Marwin Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a double, a run and an RBI. Justin Verlander picked up the win as he gave up three earned runs on five hits with nine strikeouts and three walks over six innings.
Choo homers in loss
Shin-Soo Choo continued his fine season with a solo homer on the first batter Verlander faced in the bottom of the first. He completed the game 2-for-3 with the home run, a walk and two runs scored. Nomar Mazara recorded the other RBIs via a two-run double. Doug Fister gave up five earned runs on six hits with two strikeouts and two walks over five innings to take the loss.
MLB Betting Trends
The over is 6-2 in the last eight Astros Saturday games. Houston is 8-1 in the last nine meetings in Texas.
The Rangers are 4-11 in the last 15 meetings overall. Texas is 9-19 in its last 28 games versus a pitcher with a WHIP under 1.15.
Morton hasn't been quite as great lately, but Minor hasn't put it together as a starter all season and now he will face one of the toughest lineups in baseball plus one that especially devours lefties. I'll take the Astros, thank you very much.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: HOUSTON ASTROS -177