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MLB BASEBALL

Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers

The Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers will meet on the field at Rangers Ballpark on Monday in a battle of division rivals.

The Astros will pin their hopes on the pitching of righthander Lucas Harrell in this game. Harrell has a 5-10 record and a 5.12 ERA this season.

It'll be Matt Garza toeing the rubber for the Rangers in this contest. Righthander Garza is 8-2 with a 3.40 ERA so far this season.

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.

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.

Team records:
Houston: 41-82 SU
Texas: 71-53 SU

Houston most recently:
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 most recently:
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 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's last 5 games when playing at home against Houston
Texas is 15-4 SU in its last 19 games

Next up:
Texas home to Houston, Tuesday, August 20