Texas suffered a 8-0 defeat to Houston as -111 road favorites Tuesday, but it still owns a dominating 39-9 record in its last 48 overall games in this in-state rivalry, including a 20-4 mark at this ballpark.
The Rangers will be led by third baseman Adrian Beltre at the plate, considering he’s batting .403 with seven home runs in his last 19 games versus the Astros.
It’s important to point out that the franchise has split six games on the road with a money line of -100 to -125 this season.
Turning things around
Houston has split its last six games, but it has outscored opponents by a 26-17 margin over that span—helped by collecting 11 hits in each of its last four affairs. The Astros are in position to win their first series against the Rangers in six years, but they’ve gone 1-6 as home underdogs of +100 to +125 this season, with the 'under' going 4-2-1 in that situation.
MLB handicappers will also notice that the club has won back-to-back games just three times in 2014.
Rangers starting pitcher Nick Tepesch has gone 6-1 with a 1.58 ERA in seven starts at Triple-A Round Rock, as he prepares to make his 2014 debut at the MLB level. The right-hander compiled a 4-6 record, and 4.84 ERA in 19 games (17 starts) as the team’s fifth starter a season ago.
Two of Tepesch’s four professional wins have come versus Houston, with the squad scoring at least 10 runs in both of his efforts in the series in 2013.
Astros starting pitcher Scott Feldman (2-1, 1.93 ERA) didn’t earn a decision in a 4-3 road loss to the Baltimore Orioles last time out, as he allowed two runs and five hits over six innings of work. Houston has gone 'under' the betting total in four of his five trips to the mound this season, while he’s compiled a 2-1 record, and 2.29 ERA in three home efforts.
Feldman is 1-1 with a 3.26 ERA in three starts against the Rangers.
I’m going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their MLB picks, as the 'under' is 5-1-1 in the Astros’ last seven overall games.
Free MLB Pick: 'Under' 8.5