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Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers

The Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers will both be trying to pick up a win on Friday when they battle at Rangers Ballpark.

The Astros will pin their hopes on the pitching of righthander Lucas Harrell in this game. Harrell has a 5-8 record and a 4.59 ERA this season.

It'll be Nick Tepesech toeing the rubber for the Rangers in this contest. Righthander Tepesech is 3-6 with a 4.70 ERA so far this season.

The Astros were a 7-5 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Rays. That made winners of bettors who got Tampa Bay at -155 on the moneyline, while the total score (12) was good news for OVER bettors.

The Rangers were a 5-4 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Mariners. That made winners of bettors who got Texas at -135 on the moneyline, while the total score (9) was good news for OVER bettors.

Team records:
Houston: 31-55 SU
Texas: 49-36 SU

Houston most recently:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Texas are 3-7
After playing Tampa Bay are 2-8
After a loss are 5-5

Texas most recently:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Houston are 7-3
After playing Seattle are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston's last 7 games on the road
Houston is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Houston is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
Houston is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Texas
Texas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston
Texas is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Houston
Texas is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Texas's last 20 games at home

Next up:
Texas home to Houston, Saturday, July 6