They say that everything is bigger in Texas, and they certainly don’t come much bigger than the rivalry between the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers. It is the Astros who have the upper hand to this point in the season, as they have built up a solid lead in the AL West. That lead will be put to the test when the Rangers roll into town for a 3-game series, with the second game set for Tuesday night. Be sure to check for more MLB betting lines by clicking here.
A Look at the Houston Texans vs Texas Rangers Game Preview and MLB Odds & TV Info
Time: Tuesday, 8:05 p.m. ET
Venue: Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas
National TV: none
Opening line: Houston -112, Texas +102
The Houston Astros (60-46) had spent most of the first half of the season atop the AL West, but a solid run by the Angels in the final couple of weeks before the break saw that lead taken away. Undaunted, the Astros have started the second half of the season on fire, and are once again atop the division with a pretty cozy 3 game lead. The Astros added some depth to their starting rotation at the trade deadline by picking up Scott Kazmir from the Oakland A’s. That gives them a pretty formidable starting punch, especially when you look at how well Dallas Keuchel has been pitching for them so far. Mike Fiers (5-9, 3.89 ERA), who Houston picked up from the Brewers, will make his Astros debut against the Rangers.
The Rangers (51-53) may have left themselves a little too much to do in the division race, but they still feel as though they can get into the playoffs via the Wild Card. As it stands right now, they are just 3 games back of the Twins for the final spot, and the acquisition of Cole Hamels at the trade deadline is a sure sign that they believe they can close that gap over the final few weeks of the season. They are certainly going about things the right way, as they are now unbeaten in their last 4 series. The last series that the Rangers lost came right at the start of the second half when they dropped 2 of 3 to this Astros team. Yovani Gallardo (7-9, 3.39 ERA) will get the start for Texas, who have won both of the previous games he was on the mound.
Key Betting Trends
- The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Houston’s last 9 games on the road
- Houston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas’s last 6 games when playing at home against Houston
- Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Consider This Before Placing Your Bet
This looks like it’s going to be a fun series, as both teams are going really well right now. As well as Texas is playing at the moment, I think they may be in a little tough, which is why I like the Astros to win the Tuesday match-up.