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Houston Astros Starter Lance McCullers Out to Silence Texas Rangers Bats in MLB Contest

The Houston Astros will try to be nasty hosts on Friday when the Texas Rangers pay a visit to Minute Maid Park.

It's a pitching duel between Lance McCullers for the Houston Astros (0-0 on the year) and Colby Lewis for Texas Rangers (2-0 so far).

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Texas Rangers were listed as 130 underdogs on the MLB baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks, including Bet365. The total was set at 9 before betting started earlier on Friday over at Bovada.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 5.7-4.0 win for the Astros on Friday. 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

17-25 Houston battles the Rangers, currently with a 22-19 mark. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Houston vs Texas injuries news.

The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Houston Astros rated this week at No. 11 and the Texas Rangers sitting at No. 25.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Texas Rangers rank No. 12 at 8.68 hits per game. That compares with the Houston Astros No. 23 ranking in that category.

Defensively, Texas features the No. 13-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.95 runs per game. Houston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 12 at home, scoring 4.5 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Rangers endured a 8-1 loss at the hands of the Athletics on Wednesday, with M Perez throwing 7 innings of 8-hit ball at O.co Coliseum.

Houston looks to rebound from a loss to the White Sox, who beat them 2-1 on Thursday behind a start from C Sale at U.S. Cellular Field.

Betting Trends
  • Texas is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 9 of Texas's last 11 games
  • Texas is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas's last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 7 games
  • Houston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
  • Houston is 2-11 SU in its last 13 games when playing Texas
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston's last 9 games when playing Texas

Next Betting Matchups

Texas at Houston, Saturday, May 21st