The Texas Rangers (18-20) and Houston Astros (20-17) play the opener of a four-game series Thursday at Minute Maid Park with a 8:10 p.m. ET first pitch. Let’s analyze BetMGM Sportsbook‘s lines around the Rangers vs. Astros odds with MLB picks and predictions.
RHP Mike Foltynewicz is the projected starting pitcher for the Rangers. He is 1-3 with a 4.50 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 8.1 K/9 and 2.0 BB/9 over 40 IP through 7 starts.
Foltynewicz has lasted at least six innings in each of his past two outings, and three of his past four starts. However, he has just one win to show for his efforts, a 6-1 win April 27 against the visiting Los Angeles Angels.
RHP Cristian Javier is the projected starting pitcher for the Astros. He is 3-1 with a 2.90 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 11.0 K/9 and 3.5 BB/9 over 31 IP through 6 starts.
Javier was pounded for five runs, four hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings in a loss against the visiting Toronto Blue Jays last time out, and he served up two homers in the outing.
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Rangers at Astros odds, lines, picks and prediction
- Money line: Rangers +165 (bet $100 to win $165) | Astros -200 (bet $200 to win $100)
- Against the spread/ATS: Rangers +1.5 (-115) | Astros -1.5 (-105)
- Over/Under: 9 (Over -105 | Under -115)
Astros 6, Rangers 4
Money line (ML)
The Astros (-200) will cost you two times your potential return, and even though the pitching matchup appears to be in their favor, it’s still risky business.
ASTROS -1.5 (-105) is a much better play on the run line at even money. Javier had been rolling along until his most recent start, and he should bounce back against the Rangers +1.5 (-115).
Remember, Houston is 13-3 in the past 16 home games against Texas, and 12-5 in the previous 17 meetings. They just seem to have the number of the Rangers.
The lean is OVER 9 (-105) but go very, very lightly. The Over is 5-2 in the past seven division games for the Rangers, while cashing in five of the past seven series openers for Texas, too. Meanwhile, the Over is 7-2-1 in the past 10 games overall for Houston.
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