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

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TEXAS RANGERS HOUSTON ASTROS
11-17, 5th in American League West May 4, 2:10 PM | Grass of Minute Maid Park 19-9, 1st in American League West
Texas at Houston, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 2:10 PM ET, Thursday, May 4, 2017
Where: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
TV: 2:10 p.m. ET, FSN Southwest (Texas), ROOT (Houston)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rangers RH A.J. Griffin (2-0, 4.11 ERA) vs. Astros RH Joe Musgrove (1-2, 4.88)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Texas Rangers [A.J. Griffin -R] +1½ -150 +141 Ov 8½ -105
Houston Astros [J. Musgrove -R] -1½ +130 -151 Un 8½ -115
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The division rival Texas Rangers and Houston Astros are set to renew hostilities on Thursday when they meet at Minute Maid Park.

Griffin is returning from a stint on the disabled list due to an ankle injury. The 29-year-old was superb in his most recent outing, when he gave up one hit and struck out eight in six scoreless innings of a victory over Oakland. Griffin is 5-0 with a 4.22 ERA in seven career starts against the Astros and has been hammered by Jose Altuve (8-for-18, two homers).

Musgrove pitched well in defeat in his last start as he gave up one run and five hits over 6 1/3 innings against Oakland. The 24-year-old has a tidy 2.58 ERA in nine career home appearances (eight starts) compared to a hefty career 6.75 road ERA. Musgrove is 1-1 with a 4.58 ERA in three career starts and has struggled with Nomar Mazara (4-for-9, two homers).

Oddsmakers currently have the Astros listed as 151-moneyline favorites versus the Rangers, while the game’s total is sitting at 8½.

The Houston Astros are owners of the best record in the major leagues as they continue to crank up the offense against the Texas Rangers. The Astros scored 24 runs and improved to 19-9 by winning the first three contests of their four-game series against the visiting Rangers, which concludes Thursday afternoon.

Houston is 15-4 against its American League West rivals and has matched the franchise’s best 28-game start from 2006. The versatile Marwin Gonzalez homered in Wednesday’s 10-1 drubbing of Texas and has launched three shots in the last two games as part of a stretch during which he has gone 9-for-19 with five blasts and 13 RBIs over his last five starts. The Rangers have dropped four consecutive contests and seven of their last nine as they occupy the basement in the AL West. Texas hitters combined to strike out 13 times on Wednesday and have fanned a whopping 41 times during the first three games of the series.

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MLB BASEBALL TIPS

1. Rangers 3B Joey Gallo is 1-for-10 with a homer and eight strikeouts through the first three games of the series.

2. Houston LHP Dallas Keuchel was named American League Pitcher of the Month after going 5-0 with a 1.21 ERA in April.

3. Texas LHP Cole Hamels (oblique), who was scratched from Tuesday’s scheduled start, will be sidelined at least eight weeks.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Houston Astros will win outright at -151 and the game will go over 8½ runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Astros 12, Rangers 7 at bovada-logo-top-book.

SMART CHART
TEX TEAM HOU
4.43 RUNS 4.86
4.64 RUNS AGNST 3.54
-0.21 DIFF 1.32
-$669 MONEY $680
4.31 TEAM ERA 3.38
7.21 OFF HITS 9.39
3.18 OFF WALKS 3.11
8.82 OFF Ks 7.00
8.36 DEF HITS 7.71
3.54 DEF WALKS 3.07
6.68 DEF Ks 9.96
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 9 of Texas’s last 13 games
Texas is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Texas is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Texas’s last 9 games when playing Houston
Texas is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston
Texas is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games when playing Houston
Texas is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston
HOUSTON ASTROS
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston’s last 6 games
Houston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston’s last 6 games at home
Houston is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
Houston is 7-15 SU in its last 22 games when playing Texas
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Texas
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston’s last 9 games when playing Texas
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Texas
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Texas’s Overall Scoring vs Houston’s Overall Defense 4.4 7 3.5 1
Texas’s Away Scoring vs Houston’s Home Defense 4.1 9 2.9 2
Texas’s Road ERA vs Houston’s Home ERA Allowed 5.4 13 4.0 11
Houston’s Overall Scoring vs Texas’s Overall Defense 4.9 3 4.6 11
Houston’s Home Scoring vs Texas’s Road Defense 4.4 10 5.3 13
Houston’s Home ERA vs Texas’s Road ERA Allowed 2.6 1 3.9 7
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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