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

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71-43, 1st in American League West August 11, 8:05 PM | Grass of Globe Life Park 54-59, 4th in American League West
Houston at Texas, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 8:05 PM ET, Friday, August 11, 2017
Where: Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas
TV: 8:05 p.m. ET, AT&T SportsNet-Southwest (Houston), FSN Southwest (Texas)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Astros RH Charlie Morton (9-4, 3.78 ERA) vs. Rangers LH Cole Hamels (6-1, 3.59)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Houston Astros [ C. Morton -R] -1½ +130 -120 Ov 10 -125
Texas Rangers [C. Hamels -L] +1½ -150 +100 Un 10 +105
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The Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers will meet on the field at Globe Life Park on Friday in a battle of division rivals.

The Astros will give the ball to starter Charlie Morton in this one. Right hander Morton is 9-4 this season with a 3.78 ERA.

Starting this game for the Rangers will be Cole Hamels. The left hander has a 3.59 ERA to go along with a 6-1 record this season.

Morton has provided the Astros with more than they could have hoped for in his first season in Houston and needs one more win to match his career high established in 2011 with Pittsburgh. He took a no-decision despite his third straight quality start last time out versus Toronto, yielding three runs on seven hits in seven innings. Carlos Gomez is 5-for-13 with a home run against Morton.

Hamels had allowed 15 runs over 17 1/3 innings during a three-start span before limiting Minnesota to one unearned run and four hits to go the distance for the first time since the regular-season finale in 2015. He made three starts against the Astros in 2016, winning twice and surrendering five runs over 21 2/3 innings. George Springer, who came off the disabled list Wednesday, is 0-for-11 versus Hamels.

Oddsmakers currently have the Astros listed as 120-moneyline favorites versus the Rangers, while the game’s total is sitting at 10.

Nine teams in the American League are separated by 6 1/2 games in the battle for the two wild cards, with the Texas Rangers near the bottom of that pack in eighth place. The Rangers have a chance to make a move up the standings with a 10-game homestand awaiting, although they must kick it off against the AL-leading Houston Astros on Friday night.

Cole Hamels, coming off his first complete game of the season, will start the series opener for Texas, which has lost seven of its last 11. Slugger Joey Gallo has homered in three straight games, giving him 32 for the season, and has eight blasts and 14 RBIs during an eight-game hitting streak. The Astros started their eight-game road trip by getting swept in a three-game set by the Chicago White Sox to fall to 2-7 in August. Marwin Gonzalez, who had a run-scoring double Thursday to tie for the team lead with 67 RBIs, is 12-for-28 with four homers and 12 RBIs against the Rangers this season.

In their last action, Texas was a 5-1 winner on the road against the Mets. Bettors on Texas at 101 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Last time out for Houston, they were a 3-2 loser as they battled the White Sox on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the White Sox at 142 were rewarded, while the 5 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

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Team record: 71-43 SU
Current Streak: lost 3 straight games.
Houston is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Houston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Houston is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road

Team record: 54-59 SU
Texas is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas’s last 7 games
Texas is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Houston at Texas Saturday, August 12


1. Houston has won seven of 10 meetings this season, including a three-game sweep at Texas from June 2-4.

2. Texas claimed RHP Jhan Marinez off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

3. Astros INF Alex Bregman has hit safely in a career-best 12 games.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Texas Rangers will win outright at +100 and the game will stay under 10 runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Rangers 4, Astros 3 at bovada-logo-top-book.

5.82 RUNS 4.90
4.42 RUNS AGNST 4.87
1.40 DIFF 0.04
$1,084 MONEY -$242
4.24 TEAM ERA 4.54
10.18 OFF HITS 8.04
3.20 OFF WALKS 3.25
6.77 OFF Ks 9.18
8.19 DEF HITS 8.73
3.28 DEF WALKS 3.35
10.01 DEF Ks 7.10
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
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 is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Houston’s last 18 games on the road
Houston is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Houston is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing Texas
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston’s last 6 games when playing on the road against Texas
Houston is 5-15 SU in its last 20 games when playing on the road against Texas
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Texas
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas’s last 7 games
Texas is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas’s last 6 games at home
Texas is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games when playing Houston
Texas is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Houston
Texas is 15-5 SU in its last 20 games when playing at home against Houston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas’s last 6 games when playing at home against Houston
Houston’s Overall Scoring vs Texas’s Overall Defense 5.8 1 4.9 9
Houston’s Away Scoring vs Texas’s Home Defense 6.7 1 4.9 12
Houston’s Road ERA vs Texas’s Home ERA Allowed 4.7 9 5.5 1
Texas’s Overall Scoring vs Houston’s Overall Defense 4.9 3 4.4 5
Texas’s Home Scoring vs Houston’s Road Defense 5.5 2 4.7 7
Texas’s Home ERA vs Houston’s Road ERA Allowed 4.4 11 5.9 1
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.
Rangers are second best in K’s per game with 6.6.


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