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Texas Rangers at Houston Astros 9/17/20 - MLB Picks & Predictions

Houston Astros vs Texas Rangers Odds & Info

Game Houston Astros vs Texas Rangers
Date & Time Thursday September 17, 2020, 7:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Minute Maid Park 501 Crawford Street, Houston, TX, 77002, USA
Latest odds
HOU -230 ; O/U 9.5
TV Channel
SportsNet SW

On Thursday, the Texas Rangers conclude a three-game series on the road against American League West rival the Houston Astros. The Rangers dropped to 17-31 following a 4-1 loss to the Astros on Tuesday in the first game of the series. Texas has lost four of its last six and is in last place in the AL West 12 ½ games behind the first-place Oakland Athletics.

Third baseman Isiah Kiner-Falefa is batting .319 to lead Texas and has team-highs in hits with 53 and on-base percentage at .363. Center fielder Joey Gallo is leading in home runs with nine and RBIs with 22. On Thursday, Texas will send Jordan Lyles to the mound. The right-hander 1-4 with an ERA of 7.80, 27 Ks and 20 BBs.

Houston improved to 24-24 following its victory on Tuesday over the Rangers. The Astros are in second place in the AL West 5 ½ games behind the first-place Athletics, but Houston has lost three of its last five and 9 of its last 12. The Astros are leading the third-place Seattle Mariners by just two games and must remain in second place if they want to secure a postseason berth.

Shortstop Carlos Correa is batting .274 to lead Houston and has team-highs in hits with 45 and on-base percentage at .346. Center fielder George Springer is leading in home runs with 10 and right fielder Kyle Tucker is leading in RBIs with 37. On Thursday, the Astros will send Framber Valdez to the mound. The left-hander is 3-3 with an ERA of 4.08, 57 Ks and 15 BBs.

Recent Betting Trends

  • Texas is 4-10 in its last 14
  • The UNDER has cashed in 9 of the Rangers last 12 on the road
  • Houston is 3-9 in its last 12
  • The UNDER has cashed in 7 of the last 9 versus Texas

Free MLB Pick:

Houston Astros -1.5 (-135)

Although the Astros have played poorly of late, Houston has had much success over the Rangers. Houston has won 10 of his last 11 overall against Texas and 12 of its last 13 at home in Minute Maid Park against the Rangers. Texas on the road has lost each of his last seven and overall has lost 10 of its last 14. Final Score Prediction, Houston Astros win 6-2.

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