One of the most heated rivalries in the American League these days is when the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros meet – even though it seems one team is usually good that season and one isn’t. They open a set in Houston on Thursday night with the Astros solid favorites on the MLB betting lines.
How to Bet Rangers vs Astros MLB Week 6 Lines & Game Info
- When: Thursday, 8:10 PM ET
- Where: Minute Maid Park
- Probable pitchers (away/home): Mike Minor/Wade Miley
- TV: MLB Extra Innings
- Live Stream: MLB.tv
- Radio: Sports 610 AM
- MLB Week 6 Lines: Houston Astros -165 (Total 9)
Why Bet on Texas?
Hunter Pence was not in the Rangers’ starting lineup on Wednesday afternoon against the Pirates but should be back in there Thursday. Pence went 3-for-3 with a home run and four RBI on Tuesday night against the Bucs. Pence drove in all four runs, accounting for three of the team’s extra-base hits. The 3 XBH matched his career high (8th time, last 6/11/17 vs. MIN w/Giants). Pence’s 4-RBI effort marked just the 3rd time a Texas batter drove in each of the Rangers’ 4-or-more runs in a game since the start of 2016.
Pence has homered in 4 of his last 11 starts. Pence, who turned 36 last month, is also one of just 7 MLB players with 4+ HR in his age 36-or-older season in 2019: 11-Edwin Encarnacion, 7-Nelson Cruz, 5-Albert Pujols, 4-Shin-Soo Choo/Curtis Granderson/Ian Kinsler/Pence.
Since allowing nine runs on April 25 at Seattle, the Texas bullpen has produced a 2.55 ERA over the team’s last 9 contests, 4th-lowest figure in MLB since April 26. The Rangers have held the opposition to one-or-zero runs in 4 straight and 7 of 9 games in that stretch.
Rangers lefty Mike Minor (3-2, 2.40) is 3-1 with a 1.43 ERA in his past six starts, which includes seven scoreless innings in a victory against the Astros on April 3. He is 2-1 with a 3.89 ERA in six starts against the Astros in his two years with the Rangers.
Texas is 4-2 vs. Houston this season, taking both series in Arlington last month – each series win after losing the series opener. Texas went 6-3 at Minute Maid last season, the Rangers’ 4th straight year with a .500-or-better mark in Houston.
- Runs: 5.94
- Hits: 8.65
- Walks: 4.18
- Strike Outs: 9.59
- Runs: 5.38
- Hits: 9.26
- Walks: 4.26
- Strike Outs: 7.71
Why Bet on Houston?
Alex Bregman hit his 10th home run of the season in Tuesday’s loss to the Royals. Bregman smashed a no-doubter off the facade in left field in the sixth inning, but Houston still was routed. Bregman now has 10 homers on the year and six in his last seven games. The 25-year-old had a huge 2018 season and has carried it over into what’s shaping up to be an even bigger 2019, and he’s hitting .283/.401/.575 with those 10 homers, 24 RBI, 20 runs scored and two steals.
The Astros offense leads the majors in OPS (.837) and batting average (.275), while leading the AL in OBP (.348) and hits. They also rank second in the AL in slugging (.489), doubles and home runs. On Monday, George Springer hit his third leadoff homer of the season last night and the 27th of his career, which ranks second in franchise history (Craig Biggio-53).
In American League history, Springer ranks tied for 10th in leadoff homers along with Johnny Damon and Eddie Yost. With 132 career home runs, Springer is just one home run shy of moving into the top 10 in that category in franchise history.
Closer Roberto Osuna is eight-for-eight in save chances this season and has converted 23 straight save chances dating back to last year, the longest active streak in the Majors. In his 15 appearances this season, Osuna has posted an MLB-best 0.20 WHIP, allowing just three baserunners, all singles.
Astros lefty Wade Miley (2-2, 3.20) is on the mound. Miley allowed two earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out two across six innings to earn the win last Saturday against the Angels. Miley was provided with plenty of run support as the Astros scored at least one run in the first six innings of the game, pacing him to his second win of the season. While he struck out just two, Miley limited hard contact, holding the Angels to just one home run and one double.
- Runs: 5.08
- Hits: 9.30
- Walks: 3.65
- Strike Outs: 7.30
- Runs: 3.81
- Hits: 6.76
- Walks: 2.43
- Strike Outs: 9.22
Rangers vs Astros MLB Week 6 Betting Trends
- Rangers are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games against an opponent in the American League
- The total has gone OVER in 7 of Texas’ last 8 games on the road
- Astros are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games at home
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston’s last 6 games this season
- Rangers are 44-47 against the money line in road games when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 3 seasons.
- Astros are 60-42 against the money line in home games over the last 2 seasons
- Minor is 2-2 when starting against HOUSTON with an ERA of 4.27 and a WHIP of 1.158
- Miley is 2-5 when starting against TEXAS with an ERA of 5.86 and a WHIP of 1.401
Expert Final Score Prediction for Rangers vs Astros
Texas Rangers 4 – Houston Astros 6