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Texas Rangers Starter A.J. Griffin Out to Silence Houston Astros Bats in MLB Contest

The Texas Rangers get a visit from the Houston Astros in MLB baseball betting action on Thursday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.

Texas hands the ball to starter A.J. Griffin in this one and he'll try to improve on his 1-0 mark on the year. Houston counters with Dallas Keuchel, who will try to quiet the fans and the Rangers bats at the same time.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Baseball betting odds makers, including BetOnline, opened the Texas Rangers as 130 moneyline underdogs in this matchup. Over under total bettors saw the number open at 8.5 at shops such as Bovada.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 4.8-3.6 win for the Rangers on Thursday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Houston Astros vs Texas Rangers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Texas (9-6) will face the 5-9 Astros in this tilt. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Texas vs Houston injuries news.

According to MLB Power Rankings here, it's the No. 8-ranked Texas Rangers and the No. 12-rated Houston Astros in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

At the plate, Texas owns the No. 12 ranking for hits at 8.4 per game. By contrast, the Houston Astros are rated No. 21 in the same category at 7.8 per game.

Defensively, Houston features the No. 28-rated defense on the road, allowing 6.13 runs per game. Texas, meanwhile, comes in at No. 8 at home, scoring 4.75 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Houston didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 2-1 to Texas on Wednesday at Globe Life Park.

Betting Trends
  • Houston is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston's last 8 games
  • Houston is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of Houston's last 10 games on the road
  • Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas's last 5 games
  • Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Texas's last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Houston home to Boston, Friday, April 22nd
Texas at Chicago, Friday, April 22nd