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Astros Are Cruising into October

The final Lone Star Series of the season kicks off tonight when the AL West champion Astros take on a desperate Rangers team that’s down to its final few outs. The Rangers, 5.5 games back of the Twins for the final playoff spot, basically need to win out to have a chance at October.

  • The Astros are 2-11 SU in their last 13 games on the road against teams with losing records.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of the Astros’ last 10 games.
  • The Rangers are 10-3 SU in their last 13 games when opening a series.

Gauging the motivation level of teams that have already clinched is tough, but with just a handful of games remaining until the playoffs for the Astros (8-2 in their last 10), it’s unlikely they let off the gas pedal – especially with the chance to play spoiler to a division rival.

They’ll send Collin McHugh (3-2, 3.44 ERA) to the hill in the effort and he’ll be looking for another performance like the one he had the last time he faced the Rangers. While he lasted just 4.1 innings that contest, he limited Texas to just one run in a 5-1 Astros win. McHugh’s road splits aren’t great (1-2, 5.28 ERA) but he’s been a more than serviceable starter since the all-star break.

Texas native Andrew Cashner (10-10, 3.44 ERA) goes for the Rangers also trying to replicate a good result against his opponent. While he owns a 4.06 ERA in five starts vs the Astros this season, Cashner limited them to one run over eight innings when he last faced them and he’ll have to dial up something similar to keep his team in contention this evening.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Texas was a +111 moneyline underdog earlier in the day at BetOnline, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made oddsmakers at 5Dimes pick an opening OVER/UNDER number of 9.5.

OddsShark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 4.8-3.6 victory for the Astros. 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

The Texas Rangers bring a 76-79 record to the battle against the 95-60 Astros. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Texas vs Houston injuries news.

The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Texas Rangers rated this week at No. 25 and the Houston Astros sitting at No. 17.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Houston Astros rank No. 1 at 9.66 hits per game. That compares with the Texas Rangers' No. 27 ranking in that category.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping betting factors and Texas has the No. 21-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Astros own the No. 12 mark in runs allowed.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Houston looks to rebound from a loss to the Angels, who beat them 7-5 on Sunday behind a start from Tyler Skaggs at Minute Maid Park.

Texas looks to rebound from a loss to the Athletics, who beat them 8-1 on Sunday behind a start from Jharel Cotton at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

Betting Trends
  • Houston is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
  • Houston is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston's last 7 games
  • Houston is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Texas is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Texas is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Texas's last 8 games
  • Texas is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Houston at Texas, Tuesday, September 26