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

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66-66, 3rd in American League West August 31, 1:10 PM | Turf of Tropicana Field 79-53, 1st in American League West
Texas vs Houston, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 1:10 PM ET, Thursday, August 31, 2017
Where: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
TV: 1:10 p.m. ET, FSN Southwest (Texas), AT&T SportsNet Southwest (Houston)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rangers RH Nick Martinez (3-5, 5.26 ERA) vs. Astros RH Collin McHugh (2-2, 3.63)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Texas Rangers [N. Martinez -R]  +1½ -130  +159   Ov 9½ +100
Houston Astros [C. McHugh – R]  -1½ +110  -169   Un 9½ -120
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Divisional bragging rights will be on the line on Thursday when the Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros meet at Tropicana Field.

The Rangers will pin their hopes on the pitching of right hander Nick Martinez in this game. Martinez has a 3-5 record and a 5.26 ERA this season.

Meanwhile, it’ll be Collin McHugh who starts for the Astros. Right hander McHugh is 2-2 with a 3.63 ERA so far this season.

Martinez returned from the minors on Friday and suffered the loss at Oakland after giving up three runs and four hits – two homers – in seven innings. The outing was an improvement from the 27-year-old Floridian’s previous three turns, during which he surrendered 16 runs and 19 hits over 14 1/3 frames. Martinez is 3-2 with a 3.24 ERA in 10 career appearances (six starts) against Houston, including an 0-1 record and 4.91 ERA in two starts and one relief outing this season.

McHugh’s rough outing in Chicago against the White Sox on Aug. 9 in which he yielded seven runs over 5 1/3 innings has become a distant memory as he has allowed three runs in 17 2/3 frames over his last three starts. The 30-year-old native of Illinois followed a victory against Oakland on Aug. 19 in which he tossed six scoreless innings with a road win over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday that saw him give up one run in six frames. McHugh owns a 4-1 record in seven career starts versus Texas despite posting a 5.30 ERA.

Oddsmakers currently have the Astros listed as 169-moneyline favorites versus the Rangers, while the game’s total is sitting at 9½.

The Houston Astros cannot get home soon enough, as they’ve been thoroughly thrashed by the Texas Rangers in the first two contests of their three-game series that was moved from Minute Maid Park to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. due to Hurricane Harvey. Houston looks to salvage the finale of the set on Thursday afternoon after being outscored 20-3 in the losses.

The American League West-leading Astros, who will return to Houston for a weekend series against the New York Mets that begins with a doubleheader on Saturday, managed only four hits in Wednesday’s 8-1 setback – with Brian McCann recording half of them. Texas improved to 5-4 on its 10-game road trip – and remained three games behind Minnesota for the second wild card in the AL – by using a 14-hit attack that featured a 3-for-5 effort from Elvis Andrus. The veteran shortstop has been tearing the cover off the ball lately, going 13-for-23 with four multi-hit performances during his five-game hitting streak. Joey Gallo has returned from a concussion to notch two RBIs in back-to-back contests while Robinson Chirinos enters Thursday hitting .395 during his 13-game hitting streak.

Houston lost its last outing, a 8-1 result against the Rangers on August 30. Bettors who backed the Rangers at 190 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (9) sent PUSH bettors to the payout window.

The Rangers were a 8-1 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Astros. That made winners of bettors who got Texas at 190 on the moneyline, while the total score (9) was good news for PUSH bettors.

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Team record: 66-66 SU
Texas is 15-8 ATS in its last 23 games
Texas is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Houston
Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston

Team record: 79-53 SU
Houston is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Houston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston’s last 6 games

Next up:
Texas home to Los Angeles Friday, September 1
Houston home to New York Saturday, September 2


1. McCann is riding a five-game hitting streak during which he has gone 7-for-17 with five RBIs.

2. Texas 1B Mike Napoli is hitting just .195 but is two blasts away from reaching the 30-homer plateau for the second straight season and third of his career.

3. Houston 1B Yuli Gurriel is day-to-day after exiting Wednesday’s game with a sore right knee.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Houston Astros will win outright at -169 and the game will stay under 9½ runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Astros 5, Rangers 2 at bovada-logo-top-book.

5.08 RUNS 5.53
4.80 RUNS AGNST 4.40
0.29 DIFF 1.13
$292 MONEY $434
4.47 TEAM ERA 4.18
8.32 OFF HITS 9.90
3.39 OFF WALKS 3.13
9.09 OFF Ks 6.73
8.72 DEF HITS 8.20
3.43 DEF WALKS 3.27
6.91 DEF Ks 9.92
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
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
Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston
Texas is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Houston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston’s last 6 games
Houston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston’s last 9 games at home
Houston is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home
Houston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Texas
Houston is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Texas
Texas’s Overall Scoring vs Houston’s Overall Defense 5.1 3 4.4 6
Texas’s Away Scoring vs Houston’s Home Defense 4.4 11 4.2 4
Texas’s Road ERA vs Houston’s Home ERA Allowed 4.6 8 4.6 8
Houston’s Overall Scoring vs Texas’s Overall Defense 5.5 1 4.8 8
Houston’s Home Scoring vs Texas’s Road Defense 4.8 8 4.8 8
Houston’s Home ERA vs Texas’s Road ERA Allowed 3.8 5 4.0 9
Rangers are second best in K’s per game with 6.6.
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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