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League-Best Astros Have Owned the Lone Star Series

The Lone Star Series will re-engage this evening when the Astros invade Arlington for what will be their third set against the Rangers this season. Recently overtaking the Cubs as World Series faves, the ‘Stros have the best record in baseball at 44-20 and can extend their massive lead in the AL West against a Rangers team they’ve beaten six times in seven meetings.

  • The Astros are 15-2 SU in their last 17 games when opening a series.
  • The Rangers are 7-2 SU in their last 9 games on the road with Yu Darvish as the starting pitcher.
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of the Astros' last 7 games against right-handed starting pitchers.

Joe Musgrove (4-4, 4.89 ERA) and Yu Darvish (5-4, 3.18 ERA) will take the mound for their respective teams and both will be looking for better performances than they were able to put forth the last time they pitched against the other’s team. Musgrove lasted just four innings in his only matchup with the Rangers this year while Darvish gave up three runs on seven hits in five innings of work in his lone start against the ‘Stros.

Houston’s starter, however, is coming off an outing in which he gave up no runs over seven innings against a potent Orioles’ offense. The 24-year-old has been a little inconsistent over the course of his young career and he’s prone to giving up the long ball.

If the Rangers are going to win a game this series it’s this one. Musgrove has been the ‘Stros worst starter in 2017 and he should have trouble with the powerful lefty bats in the Rangers’ lineup.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Houston Astros were listed as -135 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, while odds makers set the opening total line around 9 earlier at Bovada.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Astros to win this game 5.1-4.4. 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 44-20 record to the battle against the 30-32 Rangers. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Houston vs Texas injuries news.

This game puts the Houston Astros, most recently No. 3 in Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Texas Rangers, who rate a No. 26 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up Houston Astros No. 2 ranked offense (5.47 runs per game) against a Texas Rangers defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 19 at 4.63 runs allowed per game. The Houston Astros have been averaging 9.59 hits per game, more than the Texas Rangers have managed so far this season (8.13 hits on average).

Houston owns the No. 3 defense, allowing 5.47 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Texas's No. 19-rated defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Texas overcame a dynamite 10-strikeout performance against M Scherzer last time out, emerging with a 5-1 win against Washington on Sunday at Nationals Park.

Houston didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 12-6 to Los Angeles on Sunday at Minute Maid Park.

Betting Trends
  • Texas is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas's last 6 games
  • Texas is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Houston is 11-5 ATS in its last 16 games
  • Houston is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Houston is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games
  • Houston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games

Next Betting Matchups

Texas at Houston, Tuesday, June 13th