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The Houston Astros host the Texas Rangers on Thursday night.

The Houston Astros (24-14) are 22-2 in their last 24 home games against the Texas Rangers (17-19), including a current run of 10 straight home wins. The Astros will try to keep things rolling at home against the Rangers by cashing in as a Rangers vs Astros prediction in Houston on Thursday night.

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Rangers vs Astros Odds & Analysis

Opening Odds

The Astros opened as -185 favorites before heavy betting action on them as a popular Rangers vs Astros prediction drove the line up to Houston -210. The Rangers are going off as a +170 road underdog and the total in this AL West matchup is set at 8.5 runs. The UNDER is 4-1 in Houston’s last five games against Texas.

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Starting Pitchers

Glenn Otto got tagged for eight earned runs in four innings last Saturday in an 11-3 Rangers loss to the Boston Red Sox. Otto now carries a 6.38 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP after entering his previous start with a much more presentable 3.14 ERA.

Framber Valdez recorded another strong start last Friday in a 6-1 Astros win over the Washington Nationals, allowing seven hits and one earned run in 7.2 innings. Valdez emerged as an ace for the Astros last season and is back at it again in 2022 with a 2.93 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.

Texas Continues To Shine As An Underdog

The Rangers completed a sweep of the Los Angeles Angels with a 6-5 win on Wednesday night. Texas’ offense has been red-hot, scoring an average of 7.5 runs per game over the team’s current four-game winning streak. Kole Calhoun has led the way with four home runs and six RBIs over that stretch.

All three of Texas’ wins over the Angels came as an underdog. The Rangers are now 13-12 as an underdog this season, including a current stretch of 8-2 in their last 10 games as a dog. 

Houston Has Been Dominant At Home This Month

The Astros have cooled off over the last few days with a 2-3 record in their last five games since going 11-0 over their previous 11. All three of the recent losses have come on the road as Houston returns home on Thursday with a perfect 8-0 record in its last eight at Minute Maid Park.

Houston’s pitching staff has allowed 5.6 runs per game over this current 2-3 skid compared to the 1.09 runs per game the team allowed during its 11-game winning streak. Bettors taking Houston as their Rangers vs Astros prediction will be looking for the team’s pitching to get back on track at home.

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Rangers: Keys To Victory

The Rangers have been hitting the ball extremely well up and down the lineup. If Glenn Otto can rebound from his poor outing last week and the offense continues to perform, Texas could be a nice value play as a Rangers vs Astros prediction.

Astros: Keys To Victory

Houston has been playing its best baseball at home this season with a 9-4 record at Minute Maid, and the Astros have suffered only two home losses to the Rangers since 2018. Framber Valdez is almost always reliable on the mound, so the Astros should pick up a win as a Rangers vs Astros pick with a solid day at the plate.

MLB Computer Pick: Rangers +1.5

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  • Texas is 1-5 in its last 6 games vs Houston.
  • Houston is 13-3 in its last 16 games.
  • The UNDER is 12-6 in Houston’s last 18 games.