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If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Wednesday when the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers meet at Rangers Ballpark.

The Astros will give the ball to starter Erik Bedard in this one. Lefthander Bedard is 3-9 this season with a 4.67 ERA.

Bedard's opponent in this one will be Derek Holland. The Rangers lefthander has a 2.95 ERA to go along with a 9-6 record this season.

Houston was a 4-2 loser in its last match on the road against the Rangers. They lost as +210 underdogs, while the total score of 6 made winners of UNDER bettors.

Current streak:
Houston has lost 2 straight games.
Texas has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Houston: 41-84 SU
Texas: 73-53 SU

Houston most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 2-8
Before playing Toronto are 5-5
After playing Texas are 2-8
After a loss are 4-6

Texas most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Chi White Sox are 2-8
After playing Houston are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 7 games when playing on the road against Texas
Houston is 7-17 SU in its last 24 games on the road
Texas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston
Texas is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Houston
Texas is 17-4 SU in its last 21 games
Texas is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games at home

Next up:
Houston home to Toronto, Friday, August 23
Texas at Chi White Sox, Friday, August 23