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Aug 19, 8:05 PM | GrassRangers Ballpark

Houston Astros vs Texas Rangers Odds

41-82TEAM RECORD71-53

The Texas Rangers battle the visiting Houston Astros on Monday in MLB betting action at Rangers Ballpark.

The Rangers will rely on Matt Garza to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Lucas Harrell will be his counterpart for the Astros. Matt Garza is 8-2 this season, and Lucas Harrell is 5-10.

View Houston vs Texas Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the MLB moneyline for this matchup, Texas sat as -280 favorites earlier in the day at Bovada. The total was set at 9, according to 5Dimes.

Power Rankings:
The Rangers - Astros odds would favor the Rangers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Texas is rated No. 2 in the current American League Odds Shark poll, while Houston is at No. 15 in the American League.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Texas' American League No. 9-ranked scoring average of 4.4 runs per game, against a Astros offense rated No. 14 and scoring 3.8 runs per game in the league. The Rangers have averaged 8.9 hits per game to date this season, more than the Astros hitters have managed (8 per nine innings).

Comparing defensive stats, Houston owns the American League's No. 13-rated road mark, allowing 4.7 runs per game on the highway. Texas, on the other hand, rates No. 5 in scoring at home.

In their last action, Houston was a 7-5 winner on the road against the Angels. Bettors on Houston at +174 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (12) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. The Astros grabbed a win last time out, defeating Jason Vargas and the Angels 7-5 on Sunday at Angel Stadium.

Texas lost its last outing, a 4-3 result against the Mariners on August 18. Bettors who backed the Mariners at +230 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Rangers endured a 4-3 loss at the hands of the Mariners on Sunday, with Yu Darvish throwing 7 1/3 innings of 7-hit ball at Rangers Ballpark.

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Monday are 3-7
Before playing Texas are 1-9
After playing LA Angels are 4-6
After a win are 1-9

Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing Houston are 9-1
After playing Seattle are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

A few Astros at Rangers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games when playing on the road against Texas
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston's last 9 games when playing Texas
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games on the road
Houston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Texas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston
Texas is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Houston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas' last 5 games when playing at home against Houston
Texas is 15-4 SU in its last 19 games

Next up:
Houston at Texas, Tuesday, August 20

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