Astros vs. Rangers Prediction
The Houston Astros were shut down last night as they opened the second half of the regular seaosn with a loss at the Texas Rangers. Can Houston rebound with a victory tonight?
Friday, July 12, 2019
Globe Life Park at 8:05PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Astros are -200 favorites to win on the moneyline. The Rangers are +185 underdogs, while the total is set at 10 runs. As of Friday morning, 80 percent of public bets are pouring in on visiting Houston. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Astros shutout in first game back
In the first game scheduled after the All-Star Break, Houston lost by a count of 5-0 Thursday night at Texas. George Springer helped pace the Astros offensively as he went 2-for-4 with a double. Alex Bregman was 1-for-1 plus a walk before leaving the game after taking a grounder to the jaw, which required four stitches. Josh Reddick finished 1-for-3 plus a walk. Framber Valdez took the loss as he surrendered four earned runs on four hits over two-thirds of an inning, striking out none and walking three. Gerrit Cole draws the start tonight as he enters with a 9-5 record, 3.09 ERA and 1.02 WHIP with 170 strikeouts over 116 2/3 innings.
Lynn masterful in win
Lance Lynn threw seven shutout innings Thursday night in a 5-0 home victory over Houston as Texas improved to 49-42 overall and 30-17 at home. Lynn gave up six hits with two walks and 11 strikeouts over his seven innings of work. Rougned Odor helped lead the Rangers offense as he was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, a walk, a run and two RBIs. Shin-Soo Choo went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run. Jeff Mathis ended the game 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. Jesse Chavez gets the start tonight for Texas as he comes in with a 3-4 record, 3.30 ERA and 1.20 WHIP with 59 strikeouts over 62 2/3 innings pitched.
MLB Betting Trends
The Astros are 7-2 in their last nine games overall. Houston is 4-0 in the last four Cole starts versus the AL West.
The Rangers are 4-1 in the last five Chavez starts on grass. Texas is 7-2 in its last nine games versus a right-handed starter.
Texas might need the win more, but I don't love this matchup even with Bregman on the shelf. Cole is putting together a fantastic season and I expect that to continue tonight. Look for the Astros to even this series at a game apiece as they show why they have a healthy cushion in the AL West standings.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: HOUSTON ASTROS -200