Texas Rangers at Houston Astros - 9/1/20 MLB Picks and Prediction
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Texas Rangers (12-21) at Houston Astros (19-14)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
Luis Garcia (0-1) (5.40) vs. Framber Valdez (3-2) (2.35)
The Line: Houston Astros -280 / Texas Rangers +230 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Texas Rangers face the Houston Astros on Tuesday, September 1st at Minute Maid Park for game one of a three-game series.
The Texas Rangers and Houston Astros will play games 1-3 of their ten-game season series starting this Tuesday. The Rangers made a few moves as sellers at the trade deadline, moving Robinson Chirinos, Todd Frazier, and Mike Minor. The Rangers had rumored moving Lance Lynn and or Joey Gallo at the deadline as well, but such a move did not occur. The Rangers are coming off a series loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in which the Rangers dropped the last two games of that three-game set. The Rangers are now 12-21 on the year, which puts them in fourth place in the AL West standings.
The Houston Astros won back-to-back games over the Oakland Athletics this weekend to move to five games above .500 on the year. With their 19-14 record, the Astros are sitting in second place in the AL West and are only 2.5 games back of the Athletics for first place in the division. Houston has won four of their last five games overall heading into this series with their in-state rivals.
The Texas Rangers' probable starter in this one is Luis Garcia. Garcia is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA through his first 5.0 innings of the season with the Rangers. Garcia will most likely pitch in an opener role on Tuesday, as he has not pitched more than 1.1 innings this entire season with the Rangers.
The Houston Astros will bring left-hander Framber Valdez to the bump to face the Rangers on Tuesday night. Valdez is 3-2 with a 2.35 ERA through his first 38.1 innings of the season with the Astros. Valdez allowed four earned runs in 7.0 innings against the Angels in his most recent start. Valdez has pitched through at least 6.0 innings in all five of his last five starts, which is quite impressive.
There is a reason why the Rangers were huge sellers at the deadline, and that is because this team is not ready to compete yet. The Astros, on the other hand, are ready and able to compete, and with Framber Valdez on the mound, I think they do just that. I will take the Houston Astros on the run line at home in this spot.