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Moneyline favors Rangers in battle with Astros

Texas RangersHouston Astros
May 18, 8:05 PM | GrassMinute Maid Park

Texas Rangers vs Houston Astros Odds

24-15TEAM RECORD17-21

The Astros will be trying to slam their rivals from the other league on Friday, as the Texas Rangers visit in inter-league play at Minute Maid Park.

Neftali Feliz gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Rangers on this day; he's 3-1 on the season. The Astros, meanwhile, will counter with Wandy Rodriguez, who will be looking to improve on his 3-3 mark.

View Texas vs Houston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Rangers listed as favorites of 140 at most sportsbooks. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 8, depending on the book.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 8 (Astros) and the No. 1 (Rangers) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Houston has the National League's No. 6-rated offensive output, at 8.6 hits per game. The Rangers average 10.4 hits per game, good for No. 1 on the American League list.

Comparing defensive stats, Texas owns the American League's No. 4-rated road mark, allowing 3.7 runs per game on the highway. Houston, on the other hand, rates No. 5 in scoring at home.

Texas was a 5-4 loser in its last match at home against the Athletics. They lost as -166 favorites, while the total score of 9 made winners of UNDER bettors. The Rangers got to extra innings, but lost when they got there against Oakland on Thursday; it was a 5-4 final at Rangers Ballpark in MLB wagering action.

In their last action, Houston was a 4-0 winner at home against the Brewers. Bettors on Houston at +130 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. The Astros didn’t allow a single run in their last start, as their staff shut out Milwaukee 4-0 on Thursday at Minute Maid Park.

Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
Before playing Houston are 7-3
After playing Oakland are 7-3
After a loss are 7-3

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Friday are 2-8
Before playing Texas are 2-8
After playing Milwaukee are 4-6
After a win are 6-4

A few Rangers at Astros trends to consider:
Texas is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Houston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas' last 5 games on the road
Texas is 14-4 SU in its last 18 games when playing Houston
Texas is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Houston's last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games at home
Houston is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games at home
Houston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games

Next up:
Texas at Houston, Saturday, May 19