Texas Rangers at Houston Astros - 5/21/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Texas Rangers at Houston Astros - 5/21/22 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros (25-15) vs Texas Rangers (18-20)

Game Info: Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 7:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Justin Verlander (5-1) (1.38) vs Jon Gray (1-1) (5.73)

Betting Odds: Houston Astros -250 / Texas Rangers +215 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Texas Rangers will play the Houston Astros in Game 3 of their series at Minute Maid Park on Saturday night.

The Texas Rangers are 18-20 this season and have won five of their last six games. Texas defeated Houston in Game 2 of this series by a score of 3-0 on Friday night. The Texas pitching staff has a 4.03 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP, and a .234 opponent batting average this season. The Rangers offense has scored 158 runs with a .220 batting average and a .287 on base percentage. Corey Seager is batting .245 with eight home runs and 19 RBI’s for the Rangers this season. The projected starter for Texas is Jon Gray, who is 1-1 with a 5.73 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP over 22 innings pitched this season.

The Houston Astros are 25-15 this season and have alternated wins and losses over their last eight games. Houston defeated Texas in Game 1 of this series on Thursday by a score of 5-1. The Houston pitching staff has a 2.91 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP, and a .219 opponent batting average. The Astros offense has scored 173 runs with a .231 batting average and a .310 on base percentage this year. Yordan Alvarez is batting .248 with 12 home runs and 22 RBI’s for the Astros this season. The projected starter for Houston is Justin Verlander, who is 5-1 with a 1.38 ERA and a 0.68 WHIP over 45.2 innings pitched this season.

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Texas is 5-1 in their last 6 games and 23-57 in their last 80 road games. The under is 3-1-1 in Texas’ last 5 Saturday games. Houston is 7-1 in their last 8 games against the AL West and 19-8 in their last 27 games. The under is 6-0 in Houston’s last 6 home games. Texas is 4-23 in these two teams last 27 head to head meetings in Houston.

Houston comes into this game with a huge advantage and should win this game easily. The pitching matchup is heavily tilted in Houston’s favor with Verlander, who has allowed a total of three runs over his last four starts. Houston should win this game going away and I am taking them to win by 1.5.

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David’s Pick Astros -1.5

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