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Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers odds, tips and betting trends | May 20

In the second game of a four-game series at Minute Maid Park, the Houston Astros (25-14) take on the Texas Rangers (17-20), Friday at 8:10 PM ET.

The Astros are favored (-176 on the moneyline to win) when they take on the Rangers (+151). The scheduled starters are Cristian Javier (2-1) for the Houston Astros, and Martin Perez (2-2) for the Texas Rangers.

These clubs meet again after the Astros defeated the Rangers 5-1 yesterday. Framber Valdez picked up the win for the Astros (7.0 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 7 K), and Jose Altuve led the way offensively (4-for-5 with two doubles). Glenn Otto (6.0 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 2 K) was credited with the loss for the Rangers.

Here’s everything you need to prepare for Friday’s Astros vs. Rangers action.

Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers Odds and Betting Lines

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  • Favorite: Astros (-176, bet $176 to win $100)
  • Underdog: Rangers (+151, bet $100 to win $151)
  • Over/under: 8

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Astros Stats and Trends

Astros Betting Records

  • This season, the Astros have won 21 out of the 29 games, or 72.4%, in which they’ve been favored.
  • This season, Houston has won six of its seven games when favored by at least -176 on the moneyline.
  • The moneyline for this contest implies a 63.8% chance of a victory for the Astros.
  • Games involving Houston have gone over the total set by oddsmakers in 11 of 39 chances this season.
  • In 39 games with a spread this season, the Astros are 21-18-0 ATS.

Cristian Javier (Astros Probable Starter)

  • Javier (2-1) will take the mound for the Astros, his fourth start of the season.
  • The right-hander’s last appearance was on Saturday, when he threw 3 2/3 innings against the Washington Nationals, giving up seven earned runs while allowing eight hits.
  • The 25-year-old has pitched in seven games this season with a 3.20 ERA and 10.7 strikeouts per nine innings with a batting average against of .211.
  • The Rangers have scored 155 runs this season, which ranks 17th in MLB. They are batting .221 for the campaign with 39 home runs, 11th in the league.
  • The right-hander has allowed the Rangers to go 4-for-18 with a home run and two RBI in five innings this season.

Astros Batting Stats

  • The Astros lead Major League Baseball in home runs with 56.
  • Hitters for the Astros rank third in the majors with a combined .416 team slugging percentage.
  • Houston has a team batting average of .231 this season, which ranks 18th among MLB teams.
  • The Astros are among the highest scoring teams in the league, ranking ninth with 173 total runs this season.
  • Houston has an OBP of .311 this season, which ranks 14th in MLB.
  • The Astros rank 13th in strikeouts per game (8.0) among MLB offenses.

Rangers Stats and Trends

Rangers Betting Records

  • The Rangers have won in 13, or 48.1%, of the 27 contests they have been named as odds-on underdogs in this year.
  • This season, Texas has been victorious four times in eight chances when named as an underdog of at least +151 or longer on the moneyline.
  • The Rangers have an implied victory probability of 39.8% according to the moneyline set for this matchup.
  • Texas and their opponents have hit the over in 17 of their 37 games with a total set by oddsmakers this season.
  • The Rangers have posted a record of 22-15-0 against the spread this season.

Martín Pérez (Rangers Probable Starter)

  • Perez gets the start for the Rangers, his eighth of the season. He is 2-2 with a 2.01 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 40 1/3 innings pitched.
  • His most recent appearance was on Sunday against the Boston Red Sox, when the left-hander went six innings, surrendering one earned run while allowing five hits.
  • In seven games this season, the 31-year-old has a 2.01 ERA and 7.4 strikeouts per nine innings, while giving up a batting average of .205 to his opponents.
  • Pérez is aiming for his sixth quality start in a row.
  • Pérez is trying for his sixth straight appearance lasting five or more innings. He averages 5.2 innings per start.
  • He will face an Astros offense that ranks ninth in the league with 173 total runs scored while batting .231 as a unit. His opponent has a collective .416 slugging percentage (third in MLB action) and has hit a total of 56 home runs (first in the league).
  • Head-to-head against the Astros this season, Pérez has thrown seven innings, giving up one earned run on two hits while striking out four.
  • Among qualifying pitchers in MLB action this season, the 31-year-old’s 2.01 ERA ranks sixth, 1.017 WHIP ranks 15th, and 7.4 K/9 ranks 40th.

Rangers Batting Stats

  • The Rangers average 1.1 home runs per game to rank 11th in MLB action with 39 total home runs .
  • So far this season, the Rangers are 21st in baseball with a .355 slugging percentage.
  • Texas’ .221 batting average ranks 26th in MLB.
  • Averaging 4.2 runs per game (155 total), the Rangers are the 17th-highest scoring team in MLB play.
  • Texas is 26th in baseball with an on-base percentage of .289.
  • The Rangers strike out 8.2 times per game to rank eighth in the league.

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