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Astros Favored With Martes Making his First MLB Start

The Rangers won their fifth straight game last night with the help of two home runs from Rougned Odor and they'll call upon Andrew Cashner (3-5, 3.17 ERA) this evening in their series finale with the Astros. Losing streaks haven’t happened often this season for the MLB-leading Astros but another tally in the loss column tonight would give them their longest of such streaks this season.

SHARK BITES
  • The Rangers are 6-0 SU and on the runline in their last 6 games on the road.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of the Rangers' last 7 games when closing out a series.
  • Francis Martes had an ERA of 5.29 ERA in 8 Triple-A starts before being called up.

Francis Martes will make his first major league start this evening and he’ll do it looking to help the Astros avoid a home sweep at the hands of Rangers. The top prospect made his MLB debut in a relief appearance for the ‘Stros last week and he was knocked around for four runs over 3.2 innings.

Andrew Cashner, however, has been excellent this season. That’s not something that could be said about the righty over the last few years but he’s gone seven innings allowing two or fewer runs in three of his last five starts. That said, he was blown up by the Astros earlier this month and he’s always prone to another explosion.

The Astros are massive faves tonight but with a relative unproven prospect going to the mound, that seems like a bit of a risky play. Given how the Rangers have been playing on the road, they should probably be considered as underdogs.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as MyBookie had set the Houston Astros as -153 favorites on the moneyline for this contest. The over under was hovering near 9.5 for betting fans hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 4.3-2.7 win for the Rangers on Wednesday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Texas Rangers vs Houston Astros Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Houston (44-22) will face the 32-32 Rangers in this tilt. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Houston vs Texas injuries news.

According to MLB Power Rankings here, it's the No. 3-ranked Houston Astros and the No. 26-rated Texas Rangers in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up Houston Astros No. 3 ranked offense (5.35 runs per game) against a Texas Rangers defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 15 at 4.53 runs allowed per game. The Houston Astros have been averaging 9.44 hits per game, more than the Texas Rangers have managed so far this season (8.11 hits on average).

Texas brings the No. 15-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Astros's No. 4-ranked defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Texas shook off a 10-strikeout performance from B Peacock and still came out on top last tiime, emerging with a 4-2 victory over Houston on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park.

Betting Trends
  • Texas is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Texas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas's last 5 games
  • Texas is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Houston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Houston is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games
  • Houston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games

Next Betting Matchups

Texas home to Seattle, Friday, June 16th
Houston home to Boston, Friday, June 16th

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