Major league baseball on Monday night and we will see the Houston Astros travel to Globe Life Park to take on the Texas Rangers. Free pick to follow. First pitch is scheduled for a 8:05 PM (Eastern) start time and the game will be televised locally.
Over/ Under: 9 O -120
The Astros come in off a 6 game homestand, in which they went 5-1. They have now grabbed back control of the AL West as they lead the Angels by 4 games. The Rangers have made it known that they will fight for a playoff spot after they went out and got Cole Hamels from Philly. Texas is currently 3 games out of a wildcard spot in the American League. Houston is just 22-28 on the road, while Texas is just 20-29 at home.
Houston ranks 5th in scoring (5.46 rpg), 25th in hitting (.256) and 1st in homers (148), while on the mound they are 7th in ERA (3.47) and 2nd in WHIP (1.18). The Rangers rank 6th in scoring (4.39 rpg), 15th in hitting (.252) and 10th in homers (108), while on the mound they are 28th in ERA (4.52) and 28th in WHIP (1.40).
Getting the ball for the Astros tonight will be Lance McCullers, who is 5-3 with a 2.48 ERA in 13 starts this year overall, while on the road he has gone 1-3 with a 3.67 ERA. Lance has not faced the Rangers yet.
Taking the hill for the Texas tonight will be Colby Lewis, who is 11-4 with a 4.42 ERA in 21 starts this year, while at home he has gone 4-1 with a 4.76 ERA in 10 starts. Colby has great numbers vs the Astros, going 7-1 with a 1.91 ERA in 13 games (10 starts) vs them in his career.
Pick: I will look at the Over in this game. Houston is the top homerun hitting team in the league and now they head to a park that yields many of them, especially this time of the year. Colby Lewis has pitched better of late, but still he has a 4.76 ERA at home and his 10 home starts have averaged 13 rpg. The Over is 8-1-1 in those 10 home starts. He also has faced the Astros 3 times this year and each of those games saw at least 10 runs put up. Lance McCullers has pitched well for Houston this year and he does have just a 3.67 ERA on the road, but still he will be facing a hot Texas offense that has scored 5.3 rpg in their last 9 games, plus we not that those 9 games have averaged 12.8 rpg. This game should reach dd in scoring rather easily.
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