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Texas Rangers battle vs Houston Astros highlights MLB odds menu

Houston Astros

Texas Rangers
51-105 September 23, 2013, 08:05 PM | Rangers Ballpark 84-71

The baseball wagering menu sees a clash between Texas and Houston on Monday, with the host Rangers trying to win for themselves and reward bettors who back them on the moneyline.

For the Rangers, Derek Holland gets the ball, charged with keeping the Astros hitters off the base paths. He'll face Jordan Lyles, 7-8 on the year.

View Houston Astros vs Texas Rangers Odds and Stats.

The Astros were listed as 255 Underdog on the baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks, including 5Dimes. The total was set at 9 before betting started earlier on Monday over at Bovada.

It's a baseball betting matchup between the No. 23-rated Rangers and the league No. 28-ranked Astros, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

In their last action, Houston was a 9-2 loser on the road against the Indians. Bettors on Cleveland at -256 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (11) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. The Astros endured a 9-2 loss at the hands of the Indians on Sunday, with Erik Bedard throwing 5 innings of 8-hit ball at Progressive Field.

The Rangers were a 4-0 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Royals. That made winners of bettors who got Kansas City at -127 on the moneyline, while the total score (4) was good news for UNDER bettors. Texas lost a tight one on Sunday, seeing the game get away from them in extra innings and falling by a 4-0 score against Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium.

How They Match Up:
At the plate, Texas owns the No. 8 ranking for hits at 8.97 per game. By contrast, the Astros are rated No. 28 in the same category at 8.16 per game.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Texas has the No. 10-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
Houston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games on the road
Houston is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Texas
Texas is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games
Texas is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Texas's last 9 games at home
Texas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston

Next up:
Houston at Texas, Tuesday, September 24th