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Texas Interleague Baseball Clash

It's a Texas-sized battle as the Houston Astros will look to grab an inter-league road victory when they take on the Rangers in Texas at Rangers Ballpark on Friday in baseball action.

Jordan Lyles, with a record of 1-2 on the season, gets the ball for the Astros, while the Rangers trot Yu Darvish to the mound in this one. He is 7-4 so far in 2012.

View Houston vs Texas Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening MLB line for this matchup, Texas sat as -265 favorites at Bovada The total was set at 10.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Rangers rated this week at No. 1 and the Astros sitting at No. 12.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Astros rank No. 9 in the National League at 8.5 hits per game. That compares with Texas’s No. 1 ranking in that category.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Texas has the American League's No. 4-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Astros own the National League's No. 15 mark in runs allowed.

In their last action, Houston was a 6-3 winner on the road against the Giants. Bettors on Houston at +110 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (9) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. The Astros enjoyed a 6-3 victory at the expense of the Giants on Thursday, with Wandy Rodriguez throwing 6 innings of 6-hit ball at AT&T Park.

Texas lost its last outing, a 11-3 result against the Diamondbacks on June 14. Bettors who backed the Diamondbacks at +137 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (14) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Rangers endured a 11-3 loss at the hands of the Diamondbacks on Thursday, with Scott Feldman throwing 5 innings of 8-hit ball at Rangers Ballpark.

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Friday are 1-9
Before playing Texas are 2-8
After playing San Francisco are 5-5
After a win are 4-6

Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Houston are 6-4
After playing Arizona are 7-3
After a loss are 6-4

 

A few Astros at Rangers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games when playing Texas
Houston is 5-13 SU in its last 18 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas' last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas' last 5 games when playing Houston
Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Houston
Texas is 16-5 SU in its last 21 games when playing Houston

Next up:
Houston at Texas, Saturday, June 16

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