Things are supposed to be wild in the West, and that is certainly the ways it has gone in the American League this season. It looked for the longest time as though the Houston Astros were going to run away with the division, but they have hit a run of poor form that has opened the door for the LA Angels and, to a lesser degree, the Texas Rangers. It is the Astros and Rangers who will lock longhorns this weekend, with the second game of a 3-game series set for Saturday. Be sure to check for more odds and lines for MLB by clicking here.
Quick Preview of the Houston Astros at Texas Rangers MLB Betting Lines & TV InfoDate/Time: Saturday, July 18th, 5:10 PMVenue: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TexasTV: ROOT SPORTSRadio: KBME 790, KLAT 1010Opening MLB Line: Houston -135The Astros (49-42) had been atop the AL West since back in early April, but they finally relinquished that lead in the final days of the first half. The 5-game lead that they once owned has been wiped out, and they now find themselves a half game back of the Angels. They have gone just 2-8 in their last 10 games, and are on a 6-game losing streak where runs have been very hard to come by.If there is a bright spot to be found in all of this, it’s that they have not been giving up a ton of runs during this skid, which suggests that they might be easily able to turn things around pretty quickly if they can warm up the bats again. The All-Star Break may have come at the perfect time for the Astros, as the week off was the perfect way to recharge and focus on the second half. Scott Feldman (4-4, 4.80 ERA) will make his first start since the end of May when he takes to the mound on Saturday.For a little while after the return of Josh Hamilton, it looked as though the Rangers (42-46) might be ready to launch an attack on the top of the division, but that charge seems like a million miles away right now. The Rangers have gone just 2-8 in their last 10 games, and ended the first half on a 2-game losing streak. They have lost 3 straight series, and look like a team that might just be ready to sell when the trade deadline rolls around. If they are in the market to swing a deal or two, don’t be surprised if they go looking for some pitching help, as they have been giving up a ton of runs of late. Colby Lewis (8-4, 4.77 ERA) will be on the mound on Saturday, and will be looking to bounce back after a pair of rough starts.
There is the definite sense that the slump being experienced by the Astros right now is a temporary one, and I think they will prove that in this series. Look for them to get the win on Saturday.
- Kyle Blanks 1B 15-Day DL
- Lisalverto Bonilla P 60-Day DL
- Yu Darvish P 60-Day DL
- Derek Holland P 60-Day DL
- Ross Ohlendorf P 15-Day DL
- Jurickson Profar 2B 60-Day DL
- Antoan Richardson OF 60-Day DL
- Nick Tepesch P 60-Day DL
- Samuel Deduno P 15-Day DL
- Scott Feldman P 15-Day DL
- Jed Lowrie SS 60-Day DL
- Brad Peacock P 60-Day DL
- George Springer OF 15-Day DL