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Keuchel Has Owned The Rangers This Season

Despite winning 12-2 in the series opener Tuesday, the Texas Rangers find themselves as hefty underdogs against the Houston Astros on Wednesday. The reason why? Dallas Keuchel. The ’Stros ace has faced the Rangers twice this season, posting a 0.71 ERA with 14 strikeouts and four walks in 12.2 innings.

Shark Bites
  • Elvis Andrus is 12-for-58 with 10 strikeouts in his career against Dallas Keuchel.
  • The Astros are 12-3 SU in their last 15 games with Keuchel as the starting pitcher.
  • The Rangers are 12-3 SU in their last 15 games against teams with winning records.

On the flip side, the Rangers start Andrew Cashner, who has struggled against the Astros this year. The righty is 0-4 with a 5.09 ERA in four starts against the Astros this season. However, Cashner faced the Astros just two weeks ago and pitched a solid seven innings of two-run ball.

The Rangers have held the edge over the Astros in their recent meetings with Texas going 5-2 in the past seven. Those outings have seen the Rangers bats come alive, averaging 5.6 runs per game. But, as was previously said, the Rangers have yet to solve the riddle that is Keuchel this year.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to pick the Houston Astros in this matchup found them as -193 favorites on the MLB moneyline at BetOnline. Betting the OVER/UNDER instead? It was 8.5 at its open earlier today and hovering near that number at Bovada.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 4.4-3.4 result in favor of the Rangers. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Texas Rangers vs Houston Astros Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Houston Astros bring a 79-52 record to the battle against the 65-66 Rangers. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Houston vs Texas injuries news.

According to MLB Power Rankings here, it's the No. 16-ranked Houston Astros and the No. 10-rated Texas Rangers in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Houston Astros No. 1-rated offense, averaging 5.56 runs per game, against a Texas Rangers defense that ranks No. 17 at 4.82 in runs allowed per game. The Houston Astros have averaged 9.95 hits per game so far, more than Texas Rangers batters have averaged on the year (8.3 hits per game).

Defensively, Texas features the No. 17-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.85 runs per game. Houston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 14 at home, scoring 4.82 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Texas ran up the score in their last game on Tuesday, jumping to a lead and resulting in a 12-2 victory against Houston.

Betting Trends
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas's last 7 games
  • Texas is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Houston
  • Texas is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Houston
  • Houston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games
  • Houston is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Texas
  • Houston is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Texas

Next Betting Matchups

Texas at Houston, Thursday, August 31