Astros at Rangers 7/12/19 - MLB Picks & Predictions
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Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers
MLB: 8:05 PM EST
Jul. 12, 2019
Latest Odds : HOU -169 O/U 10
The Houston Astros play game two of a four-game series on the road Friday against American League West rival the Texas Rangers. Houston won its second straight and seventh of their last eight last Sunday 11-10 over the Los Angeles Angels. George Springe singled in the 10th inning to give the Astros the walk-off win in a game.
The Rangers won their second straight Sunday by defeating the Minnesota Twins in 11 innings 4-1. Rougned Odor hit a three-run home run in the 11th inning giving the Texas Rangers the win. The Rangers staved off a Minnesota rally in the bottom of the 11th after Minnesota has put runners on second and third base. Danny Santana banged out four hits for the Rangers.
Michael Brantley is leading Houston with a .324 batting average and in hits with 108. Alex Bregman leads in home runs with 23 and RBIs with 56. Houston has a .269 batting average while opponents are averaging .221. On Friday, the Astros will send Gerrit Cole to the mound. The right-hander is 9-5 with an ERA of 3.09, 170 Ks and 30 BBs.
Elvis Andrus is leading the Rangers with a .303 batting average and in hits with 99. Joey Gallo leads Texas with 20 home runs, while Nomar Mazara leads in RBIs with 49. Texas is averaging .254 at the plate, while opponents are averaging .268. On Friday, the Rangers will send Jesse Chavez to the mound. The right-hander is 3-4 with an ERA of 3.30, 59 Ks and 17 BBs.
Recent Betting Trends:
Houston is 39-19 in its last 58
The UNDER has cashed in each of Cole’s last 4 starts
Texas is 2-6 in its last 8
The UNDER has cashed in 6 of the Rangers last 8 versus a right-handed starter
Free Betting Pick: Houston Astros -1.5 (-105)
Houston’s Gerrit Cole is 5-0 over the last 8 starts while Houston has won 7 of the right-hander’s last 8 starts overall and 14 of their hurler’s last 17 starts on 5 days rest. The Astros have won each of the last 4 versus an opponent with a winning record. Houston is getting healthy again with George Springer and Jose Altuve back in the lineup. Texas has lost 19 of the last 26 at home versus Houston. Final Score Prediction, Houston Astros win and cover the run line 6-2.