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Marquee Pitching Matchup In Lone Star Series

The Houston Astros are still competing to secure home-field advantage in the ALDS, which adds some extra gravitas to their final series of the season against the Texas Rangers. Pitching will take center stage at Globe Life Park on Tuesday with Dallas Keuchel and Cole Hamels squaring off.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of the Astros’ last 8 games.
  • The Astros are 7-1 SU and ATS in their last 8 games against the AL West.
  • Adrian Beltre is 17-for-58 with 6 2Bs and 6 RBIs in his career vs Dallas Keuchel.

Keuchel has struggled with command recently, as the southpaw has walked nine batters in his past three starts. The Astros ace has been able to work around these issues by and large but it has caused his pitch count to climb without his outings lasting any longer than normal. Keuchel has a 3.38 ERA in three starts against Texas this season while holding the Rangers’ bats to a .203 batting average.

Hamels will look to continue his ridiculous play at home this year. The lefty is 7-0 with a 3.50 ERA in 10 starts in Arlington and is looking to break the club record for most home starts in a season without a loss. Hamels has only faced off against the Astros once this season but he was stellar, pitching 7.0 innings of no-run ball on August 11.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to pick the Texas Rangers in this matchup found them as +120 underdogs on the MLB moneyline at BetOnline. Betting the OVER/UNDER instead? It was 10 at its open earlier today and hovering near that number at Bovada.

OddsShark prediction models pick the Rangers to win this game 3.7-1.4. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Houston Astros vs Texas Rangers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Texas (76-80) will face the 96-60 Astros in this tilt. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Texas vs Houston injuries news.

According to MLB Power Rankings here, it's the No. 25-ranked Texas Rangers and the No. 17-rated Houston Astros in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits the Texas Rangers' No. 8-rated offense, averaging 4.99 runs per game, against a Houston Astros defense that ranks No. 11 at 4.37 in runs allowed per game. The Texas Rangers have averaged 8.2 hits per game so far, less than Houston Astros batters have averaged on the year (9.67 hits per game).

Texas owns the No. 21 defense, allowing 4.96 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Houston's No. 11-rated defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Astros grabbed a win last time out, defeating Andrew Cashner and the Rangers 11-2 on Monday at Globe Life Park.

Betting Trends
  • Houston is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games
  • Houston is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston's last 8 games
  • Houston is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
  • Texas is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas's last 5 games
  • Texas is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games at home
  • Texas is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Houston at Texas, Wednesday, September 27

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