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Baseball odds preview - Houston vs. Texas

Houston Astros

Texas Rangers
51-107 September 25, 2013, 08:05 PM | Rangers Ballpark 86-71

The Texas Rangers look to emerge victorious in MLB odds action as the Astros arrive at Rangers Ballpark on Wednesday.

The Rangers will rely on Martin Perez to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Dallas Keuchel will be his counterpart for the Astros. Martin Perez is 9-5 this season, and Dallas Keuchel is 6-9.

View Houston Astros vs Texas Rangers Odds and Stats.

Texas was a -287 moneyline Favorite earlier in the day at BetOnline, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers at Sportsbook.ag settle on an opening over under number of 8.5.

The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the No. 28-rated Astros taking on the No. 23-rated Rangers in this contest.

In their last action, Houston was a 3-2 loser on the road against the Rangers. Bettors on Texas at -370 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Houston looks to rebound from a loss to the Rangers, who beat them 3-2 on Tuesday behind a start from Yu Darvish at Rangers Ballpark.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Texas's No. 8 ranked offense (4.44 runs per game) against a Astros defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 30 at 5.26 runs allowed per game. The Rangers have been averaging 8.99 hits per game, more than the Astros have managed so far this season (8.13 hits on average).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Texas has the No. 9-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Astros own the No. 30 mark in runs allowed.

A few Astros at Rangers trends to consider:
Houston is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games
Houston is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 7 games on the road
Texas is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Texas is 6-13 SU in its last 19 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas's last 5 games
Texas is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games at home

Next up:
Houston at New York, Friday, September 27th
Texas at Anaheim, Thursday, September 26th