Houston Astros at Texas Rangers Online MLB Betting Preview
The AL West looks as though it is going to be the Houston Astros’ division to lose, but if they believe that they are going to win it without a fight from the Angels and the Rangers, they had better think again. The Rangers are certainly the longshot in the division, but after taking game 1 of the series with their state and division rivals, they have served notice that they are not going to go away quietly. The final game of the MLB betting series will be played on Wednesday night.
A Quick Insight on the Houston Astros at Texas Rangers Online MLB Betting Preview & TV Info
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 5th, 8:05 PM
Venue: Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, T
TV: ROOT SPORTS
Radio: KBME 790, KLAT 1010
Opening Line: Houston -155
With the LA Angels going into an unexpected nosedive to start the second half, the Houston Astros (60-47) too their opportunity to seize control of the division. Prior to the start of this series, the Astros reeled off 5 wins in 6 games, which included a 3-game sweep of the Angels. The end result was a comfortable lead atop the division, and the chance to build on that by talking out another division foe. Things did not go according to plan in the first game, though, as they went down 12-9 to a Texas team that suddenly seems to have found some new life. The rise of the Astros can be attributed to a lot of different elements, but there can be no denying the impact that Scott Kazmir has made since coming over from the A’s, as the pitcher has delivered back to back scoreless starts. It will be Kazmir (6-5, 2.10 ERA) who gets the ball in this one.
The general consensus was that the Rangers (52-53) may have given up a little too much in order to land Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman, but it may serve as a sign that they believe they still have a shot at making a playoff move this season. The lead atop the division may be a little much to overcome with a little over 50 games remaining, but they are just 2 games back of the final Wild Card spot, which is where you have to imagine that their focus is right now. The Rangers have had a tough schedule to start the second half, so the fact that they have made up some ground is sure to bring some level of optimism to their fans. A win in this series might get them even more pumped up for the final few weeks of the season. Nick Martinez (6-6, 4.01 ERA) will look for his second straight win when he gets the ball on Wednesday.
Key Betting Trends
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston’s last 5 games when playing Texas
- The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Houston’s last 10 games on the road
- Texas is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
- Texas is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The Astros may have made the best deal of the trade deadline to land Scott Kazmir, and I believe he will continue to pay dividends by leading his team to another win in this game.