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Baseball odds preview - Texas vs. Houston

Texas RangersHouston Astros
April 3, 2:10 PM | GrassMinute Maid Park

Texas Rangers vs Houston Astros Odds

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The visiting Rangers hope for a solid performance on Wednesday as they look to steal a win at Minute Maid Park against the Houston Astros.

The Astros will turn to Philip Humber and his 0-0 record as they look for a win in this one, while the Rangers send Alexi Ogando (0-0) to the hill.

View Texas vs Houston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Astros as +170 underdogs on the opening moneyline for this contest. The over under opened at 8.5 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Houston's No. 5-rated American League offense, averaging 4 runs per game, against a Rangers defense that ranks No. 8 in the American League at 4 in runs allowed per game. The Astros have averaged 5.5 hits per game so far, less than Rangers batters have averaged on the year (9 hits per game).

Houston owns the American League's No. 12 defense, allowing 4.5 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Texas' American League No. 8-rated defense.

Last time out for Texas, they were a 7-0 winner as they battled the Astros on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Rangers at -168 were rewarded, while the 7 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Rangers hope for a dominant pitching performance similar to their last game when Yu Darvish struck out 14 batters in 7-0 victory on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park.

Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing LA Angels are 5-5
After playing Houston are 7-3
After a win are 3-7

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Oakland are 1-5
After playing Texas are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4

A few Rangers at Astros trends to consider:
Texas is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Houston
Texas is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games when playing on the road against Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas' last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas' last 7 games when playing on the road against Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 7 games when playing at home against Texas
Houston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games

Next up:
Texas home to LA Angels, Friday, April 5
Houston home to Oakland, Friday, April 5