Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros, Monday, Las Vegas Odds, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Online, Picks and Predictions

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TEXAS RANGERS HOUSTON ASTROS
11-14 May 1, 8:10 PM | Grass of Minute Maid Park 16-9
Texas at Houston, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 8:10 PM ET, Monday, May 1, 2017
Where: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, FSN Southwest (Texas), ROOT (Houston)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rangers RH Andrew Cashner (0-2, 2.93 ERA) vs. Astros RH Lance McCullers Jr. (2-1, 4.34)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Texas Rangers [A. Cashner -R] +1½ -110 +196 Ov 8½ -110
Houston Astros [L. McCullers -R] -1½ -110 -212 Un 18½ -110
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The division rival Texas Rangers and Houston Astros are set to renew hostilities on Monday when they meet at Minute Maid Park.

The Rangers will pin their hopes on the pitching of right hander Andrew Cashner in this game. Cashner has a 0-2 record and a 2.94 ERA this season.

The Astros will counter Cashner with Lance McCullers Jr.. Right hander McCullers Jr. has a 4.34 ERA to go along with a 2-1 record this season.

Cashner allowed two runs, five hits and six walks while striking out three in four innings of an 8-1 loss to Minnesota on Tuesday. The 30-year-old Texan walked 13 in 15 1/3 innings over his three starts this season after entering 2017 with an average of 3.2 walks per nine innings. Cashner, who is 6-13 with a 3.01 ERA in 38 April appearances (21 starts), is 2-2 with a 3.97 ERA in 10 career games (two starts) versus Houston.

McCullers yielded five runs, seven hits and three walks while striking out five in five innings of a 7-6 loss at Cleveland on Wednesday. The 23-year-old Floridian was 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA in his first four starts of the season – all Astros victories – and is 2-0 with a 1.83 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in three home turns. McCullers, though, is 0-3 with an 8.03 ERA and 1.95 WHIP in three starts versus Texas, losing 2-1 in his only appearance against the Rangers last season.

Oddsmakers currently have the Astros listed as 212-moneyline favorites versus the Rangers, while the game’s total is sitting at 8½.

The Houston Astros are off to one of the fastest starts in club history as they host the Texas Rangers on Monday in the opener of a four-game series and the first of 19 meetings this season. Houston (16-9) won 16 or more games in April for the third time in franchise history (the team record is 17) after Sunday’s 7-2 victory over Oakland but must figure out a way to beat Texas, which won the last two season series 15-4 and 13-6.

The Astros have had little trouble versus the American League West this season, going 12-4 – the best record in the major leagues among teams against their own division. Houston’s 3.38 ERA is third-best in the major leagues and its offense could be ready to catch up as leadoff hitter George Springer (.230) and cleanup batter Carlos Correa (.233) combined for four hits Sunday and eight in their last three games. Texas lost 5-2 to the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday to complete a 10-game homestand that began with four straight victories but ended up 6-4. The Astros’ Lance McCullers Jr. is coming off his first loss of the season and opposes Andrew Cashner, who has been plagued by control issues.

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Texas:
Team record: 11-14 SU
Texas is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Texas is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Texas’s last 10 games

Houston:
Team record: 16-9 SU
Houston is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Houston is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston’s last 9 games

Next up:
Texas at Houston Tuesday, May 2

MLB BASEBALL TIPS

1. Texas struck out a season-high 15 times Sunday with Nomar Mazara (.229, 1-for-19 in his last five games) leading the way with three after fanning only twice in the previous six contests.

2. Houston DH Carlos Beltran needs one extra-base hit to tie Pete Rose for third all-time among switch-hitters with 1,040. Eddie Murray (1,099) and Chipper Jones (1,055) top the list.

3. The Rangers claimed INF Pete Kozma off waivers from the Yankees on Sunday after New York designated him for assignment Friday. Kozma was 1-for-9 in 11 games with the Yankees this season and is a career .221 hitter.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Houston Astros will win outright at -212 and the game will stay under 8½ runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Astros 3, Rangers 2 at bovada-logo-top-book.

SMART CHART
TEX TEAM HOU
4.56 RUNS 4.48
4.24 RUNS AGNST 3.56
0.32 DIFF 0.92
-$369 MONEY $380
3.89 TEAM ERA 3.38
7.24 OFF HITS 9.24
3.16 OFF WALKS 3.12
8.24 OFF Ks 7.44
8.08 DEF HITS 7.80
3.60 DEF WALKS 3.04
7.08 DEF Ks 9.52
INJURIES
TEXAS RANGERS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Shin-Soo Choo OF 15-Day Disabled List
Colby Lewis P 15-Day disabled List
Tanner Scheppers P 60-Day Disabled List
Prince Fielder DH 15-Day Disabled List
Lucas Harrell P 15-Day Disabled List
Shawn Tolleson P 60-Day Disabled List
HOUSTON ASTROS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Lance McCullers P 15-Day Disabled List
Colby Rasmus OF 15-Day Disabled List
Luis Valbuena 3B 15-Day Disabled List
Tucker Preston OF 15-Day Disabled List
BETTING TRENDS
TEXAS RANGERS
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Texas’s last 10 games
Texas is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Texas is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas’s last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas’s last 6 games when playing Houston
Texas is 15-4 SU in its last 19 games when playing Houston
Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Texas’s last 10 games when playing on the road against Houston
HOUSTON ASTROS
Houston is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston’s last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston’s last 7 games at home
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Houston is 4-15 SU in its last 19 games when playing Texas
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston’s last 6 games when playing Texas
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Houston’s last 10 games when playing at home against Texas
Houston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Texas
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Texas’s Overall Scoring vs Houston’s Overall Defense 4.6 5 3.6 1
Texas’s Away Scoring vs Houston’s Home Defense 4.3 6 2.8 1
Texas’s Road ERA vs Houston’s Home ERA Allowed 4.5 10 3.2 13
Houston’s Overall Scoring vs Texas’s Overall Defense 4.5 6 4.2 9
Houston’s Home Scoring vs Texas’s Road Defense 3.6 12 4.4 7
Houston’s Home ERA vs Texas’s Road ERA Allowed 2.5 1 4.1 6
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
RANGERS
Rangers are second best in K’s per game with 6.6.
ASTROS
Astros are second lowest scoring team in the league at 3.8 runs per game.
Astros trail the league in hits with 8.1 per game.
Astros strike out more than any team in the league with 9.5 per game.
Astros are the easiest team to score on in the league, giving up 5.2 runs per game.
Astros are second worst in the league in giving up hits, allowing 9.4 per game.
Astros give up the most free passes in the league allowing 3.8 per game.
Astros strike out the second least opponents in the league with 6.7 per game.

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