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

Texas Rangers at Houston Astros - 5/22/22 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros (26-15) vs Texas Rangers (18-21)

Game Info: Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 2:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Jose Urquidy (3-1) (4.81) vs Taylor Hearn (2-2) (5.46)

Betting Odds: Houston Astros -189 / Texas Rangers +170 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Texas Rangers will play the Houston Astros in Game 4 of their series at Minute Maid Park on Sunday afternoon.

The Texas Rangers are 18-21 this season and have won five of their last seven games. Texas won Game 2 of this series by a score of 3-0. The Texas pitching staff has a 3.99 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP, and a .234 opponent batting average this season. The Rangers offense has scored 159 runs with a .222 batting average and a .287 on base percentage. Corey Seager is batting .252 with eight home runs and 19 RBI’s for the Rangers this season. The projected starter for Texas is Taylor Hearn, who is 2-2 with a 5.46 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP over 29.2 innings pitched this season.

The Houston Astros are 26-15 this season and have alternated wins and losses in their last nine games. Houston won Game 1 and Game 3 of this series by scores of 5-1 and 2-1. The Houston pitching staff has a 2.86 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP, and a .221 opponent batting average. The Astros offense has scored 175 runs with a .232 batting average and a .309 on base percentage this year. Yordan Alvarez is batting .256 with 12 home runs and 23 RBI’s for the Astros this season. The projected starter for Houston is Jose Urquidy, who is 3-1 with a 4.81 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP over 33.2 innings pitched this season.

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Texas is 5-2 in their last 8 games and 23-58 in their last 81 road games. The under is 4-1 in Texas’ last 5 Sunday games. Houston is 8-1 in their last 9 games against the AL West and 20-7 in their last 27 games. The under is 7-0 in Houston’s last 7 home games. Texas is 3-24 in these two teams last 27 head to head meetings in Houston.

Houston comes into this game with a top pitching staff in terms of ERA and a two game lead in the AL West standings. Hearn has only allowed 5 runs in his last three starts, but does not last many innings. Urquidy has also allowed 5 runs in his last three starts, but did give up 12 hits last time out. I like the over in this game and expect both pitchers to give up some runs.

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