Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers odds, tips and betting trends | May 21

At Minute Maid Park on Saturday, the Texas Rangers (18-20) meet the Houston Astros (25-15), with first pitch at 7:10 PM ET.

The Astros are favored at home (-253) versus the Rangers (+205). The matchup on the mound for this contest is set with the Houston Astros looking to Justin Verlander (5-1), and Jon Gray (1-1) taking the ball for the Texas Rangers.

Yesterday, the Rangers picked up a 3-0 victory over the Astros, with Martin Perez (9.0 IP, 0 R, 7 H, 5 K) earning the win for the Rangers. Kole Calhoun finished 1-for-4 with a home run and an RBI to lead the offensive showing. Cristian Javier (6.0 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 9 K) was credited with the loss for the Astros.

Before watching this Astros vs. Rangers matchup, here is everything you need to know about Saturday’s action on the diamond.

Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers Odds and Betting Lines

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  • Favorite: Astros (-253, bet $253 to win $100)
  • Underdog: Rangers (+205, bet $100 to win $205)
  • Over/under: 7.5

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Astros Stats and Trends

Astros Betting Records

  • The Astros have been favorites in 30 games this season and won 21 (70%) of those contests.
  • Houston has not been a bigger favorite this season than the -253 moneyline set for this game.
  • The oddsmakers’ moneyline implies a 71.7% chance of a victory for the Astros.
  • Houston and its opponents have hit the over in 11 of their 40 games with a total this season.
  • The Astros are 21-19-0 against the spread in their 40 chances this season.

Justin Verlander (Astros Probable Starter)

  • The Astros will send Verlander (5-1) to the mound for his eighth start this season.
  • The right-hander last pitched on Sunday, when he allowed two hits in five scoreless innings against the Washington Nationals.
  • The 39-year-old has pitched in seven games this season with a 1.38 ERA and 8.1 strikeouts per nine innings with a batting average against of .147.
  • He has started seven games this season, earning a quality start (6 or more IP, 3 or fewer ER) in five of them.
  • Verlander has pitched five or more innings in seven straight games and will look to extend that streak.
  • The Rangers have scored 158 runs this season, which ranks 18th in MLB. They are batting .220 for the campaign with 40 home runs, ninth in the league.
  • This season, the right-hander has pitched against the Rangers in one game, and they have gone 4-for-24 with an RBI over seven innings.
  • The 39-year-old’s 1.38 ERA ranks second, .679 WHIP ranks first, and 8.1 K/9 ranks 30th among qualified pitchers in the majors this year.

Astros Batting Stats

  • No team in MLB has hit more homers than the Astros, who have connected on 56 this season.
  • Fueled by 124 extra-base hits, the Astros rank fifth in MLB with a .412 slugging percentage this season.
  • Houston has a team batting average of .231 this season, which ranks 18th among MLB teams.
  • The Astros have scored 173 runs this season, which ranks 10th in MLB.
  • Houston has an OBP of .310 this season, which ranks 15th in MLB.
  • The Astros rank 14th in strikeouts per game (8.0) among MLB offenses.

Rangers Stats and Trends

Rangers Betting Records

  • The Rangers have been victorious in 14, or 50%, of the 28 contests they have been chosen as underdogs in this season.
  • Oddsmakers have given Texas the worst odds of winning they have seen this season with a +205 moneyline listed for this contest.
  • Sportsbooks have implied with the moneyline set for this matchup that the Rangers have a 32.8% chance of pulling out a win.
  • Texas and their opponents have hit the over in 17 of their 38 games with a total set by oddsmakers this season.
  • In 38 games with a line this season, the Rangers have a mark of 23-15-0 against the spread.

Jon Gray (Rangers Probable Starter)

  • Gray gets the start for the Rangers, his sixth of the season. He is 1-1 with a 5.73 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 22 innings pitched.
  • In his last appearance on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Angels, the righty tossed 5 2/3 innings, allowing four earned runs while surrendering eight hits.
  • During five games this season, the 30-year-old has a 5.73 ERA and 9.4 strikeouts per nine innings, while giving up a batting average of .250 to his opponents.
  • Gray has yet to register a quality start this season.
  • Gray has pitched five or more innings in a game two times this year heading into this matchup.
  • He will face an Astros offense that ranks 10th in the league with 173 total runs scored while batting .231 as a unit. His opponent has a collective .412 slugging percentage (fifth in MLB play) and has hit a total of 56 home runs (first in the league).

Rangers Batting Stats

  • The Rangers rank ninth in baseball with 40 total home runs.
  • This season, the Rangers are 23rd in baseball with a .354 slugging percentage.
  • Texas’ .220 batting average ranks 26th in MLB.
  • The Rangers score the 18th-most runs in baseball (158 total, 4.2 per game).
  • Texas ranks 27th in baseball with an on-base percentage of .287.
  • The Rangers strike out 8.3 times per game to rank 11th in baseball.

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Astros vs. Rangers: Live Streaming Info & Game Time

  • Game Day: Saturday, May 21, 2022
  • Game Time: 7:10 PM ET
  • Stadium: Minute Maid Park
  • TV Channel: AT&T Sportsnet Southwest
  • Live Stream: fuboTV (Watch for free)

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