Texas Rangers at Houston Astros - 9/17/20 MLB Picks and Prediction

Texas Rangers at Houston Astros - 9/17/20 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Rangers (17-31) at Houston Astros (24-24)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 7:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Jordan Lyles (1-4) (7.80) vs. Framber Valdez (3-3) (3.92)

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The Texas Rangers and Houston Astros face off on Thursday in an American League West showdown at Minute Maid Park. On Wednesday, it was a pitchers duel with the Rangers finding a way to come away with the victory. 

The Rangers offense has been a problem all season and even in the first game of this series the offense struggled again putting up only one run, but the pitching staff had one of their best games of the season and that led to a victory. Joey Gallo has been one of the only bright spots for the offense putting up nine home runs and driving in 23 RBI’s. In this game the offense is going to need to be better because they can’t trust to win a game that only has one or two runs scored. 

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On the other side of this matchup is the Astros who have had some struggles this season and even though they are still a playoff team, they are going to need to find a way to get going if they want to gain some confidence. Much like the Rangers, the Astros offense hasn’t lived up to expectations and over the last three games they have scored only five runs total. Kyle Tucker has been the best offensive player for the team hitting eight home runs and driving in 37 RBI’s. 

Jordan Lyles will get the start for the Rangers and coming into this game he sits with a 1-4 record and an ERA of 7.80. 

Framber Valdez will get the start for the Astros and coming into this game he sits with a 3-3 record and an ERA of 4.08. 

The Rangers are 7-22 in their last 29 games on grass. The Rangers are 15-36 in their last 51 road games. The Astros are 3-9 in their last 12 games overall. The Astros are 54-21 in their last 75 home games. The Rangers are 1-12 in their last 13 meetings in Houston. The Rangers are 3-14 in their last 17 meetings against the Asros. 

There weren’t many runs scored on Wednesday, but in this game there is going to be plenty of scoring in this game. Look for both teams to run up the score and this game is going to go well over the posted total. 

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