Texas Rangers at Houston Astros - 5/19/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Texas Rangers at Houston Astros - 5/19/22 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros (24-13) vs Texas Rangers (16-19)

Game Info: Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Framber Valdez (2-2) (2.93) vs Glenn Otto (1-1) (6.38)

Betting Odds: Houston Astros -185 / Texas Rangers +170 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Texas Rangers and Houston Astros face off on Thursday in an MLB showdown at Minute Maid Park. 

The Astros come into this game with a 24-14 record overall, but they lost two of their last three games against the Boston Red Sox. The offense only scored one run on Wednesday, and even though they have been winning games, the offense has been a bit inconsistent this season. Kyle Tucker has been the top offensive player hitting seven home runs and driving in 25 RBIs. The Astros need their offense to be good in this game. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Rangers who sit with a 17-19 record overall but they have won four games in a row. Over the last three games against the Los Angeles Angels, the Rangers scored 23 runs total, and in this game, they are going to need to try and give their pitching some run support. Adolis Garcia has been the top player for the Rangers hitting six home runs and driving in 24 RBIs. 

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On the mound for the Rangers is Glenn Otto who sits with a 1-1 record and an ERA of 6.38. In his last start against Boston, Otto went four innings giving up eight hits and eight earned runs. 

On the mound for the Astros will be Framber Valdez who sits with a 2-2 record and an ERA of 2.93. In his last start against the Nationals he gave up seven hits but only a run. 

The Astros are 6-0 in their last six games against the American League West. The Rangers are 1-4 in Otto’s last five starts during game 1 of a series. The under is 4-0 in the Astros last four home games. The under is 4-0 in Valdez’s last four starts during Game 1 of a series. The under is 4-0 in Valdez’s last four starts against a team with a losing record.

Glenn Otto was awful in his last start while Valdez locked down the Nationals' bats. I expect the Astros bats to tee off on Otto, and that is going to be the difference as the home team gets the job done. Back the Astros on the money run line.

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