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Rangers are Faltering in Afternoon Contests Lately

As a result of the disastrous wake of hurricane Harvey, the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers will be forced to close out their three-game series at the neutral site of Tropicana Field in a Thursday matinee. Sportsbooks opened the ’Stros as -150 favorites with a total of 8.5.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone OVER in three of the Rangers’ last four games with Nick Martinez as the starting pitcher.
  • The total has gone UNDER in the Astros’ last six games with Collin McHugh as the starting pitcher.
  • The Rangers are 4-1 SU and 5-0 ATS in their last five games against the Astros.

Nick Martinez and Collin McHugh will get the start for the Rangers and Astros, respectively. Martinez (3-5, 5.26 ERA) was called up from Triple-A Round Rock on Friday and allowed three runs in seven innings of work in a setback to the Oakland A’s. The hurler is 3-2 with a 3.24 ERA in six career starts and four relief appearances against the Astros in his career.

McHugh (2-2, 3.63) has been on fire lately, going 2-1 with a minuscule 1.53 ERA over his last three outings but hasn’t faced the Rangers this year. McHugh struck out eight and allowed one run over six innings to collect a win over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday.

Playing in the afternoon hasn’t been Texas’s strong suit of late. In the Rangers’ last 11 afternoon games, they’re 2-9 SU.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the MLB moneyline for this betting odds matchup, Houston sat as -131 favorites earlier in the day at Bovada. The OVER/UNDER total was set at 8.5, according to MyBookie.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 3.9-3.5 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 sport a record of 79-53 heading into this matchup, while the Texas Rangers sit at 66-66 on the season. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Houston vs Texas injuries news.

The Houston Astros sit at No. 16 in the current MLB power poll here at OddsShark, while the Texas Rangers sit at No. 10 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

On offense, it's a battle between the Houston Astros and its No. 1-rated batting order, averaging 5.53 runs per nine innings, against the No. 5 lineup of the Texas Rangers at 5.08 runs per outing.

Defensively, Texas features the No. 16-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.79 runs per game. Houston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 14 at home, scoring 4.76 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Texas looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Astros, an 8-1 final on Wednesday in support of Andrew Cashner at Tropicana Field.

Betting Trends
  • Texas is 15-8 ATS in its last 23 games
  • Texas is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Houston
  • Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston
  • Houston is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Houston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games
  • Houston is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Texas

Next Betting Matchups

Texas home to Los Angeles, Friday, September 1
Houston home to New York, Saturday, September 2