Texas Rangers at Houston Astros - 8/11/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Houston Astros (71-41) vs Texas Rangers (49-61)

Game Info: Thursday, August 11, 2022 at 2:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Framber Valdez (10-4) (2.87) vs Cole Ragans (0-0) (0.00)

Betting Odds: Houston Astros -325 / Texas Rangers +255 --- Over/Under: 8.5 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 Thursday afternoon.

The Texas Rangers are 49-61 this season and have lost three of their last five games. Texas won Game 2 of this series by a score of 8-4 in extra innings on Wednesday night. The Texas pitching staff has a 4.08 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP, and a .241 opponent batting average this season. The Rangers offense has scored 494 runs with a .239 batting average and a .302 on base percentage. Corey Seager is batting .254 with 25 home runs and 58 RBI’s for the Rangers this season. The projected starter for Texas is Cole Ragans, who is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP over 5 innings pitched this season.

The Houston Astros are 71-41 this season and have lost three of their last four games. Houston won Game 1 of this series by a score of 7-5 on Tuesday night. The Houston pitching staff has a 3.03 ERA, a 1.09 WHIP, and a .211 opponent batting average. The Astros offense has scored 497 runs with a .240 batting average and a .316 on base percentage this year. Yordan Alvarez is batting .295 with 31 home runs and 74 RBI’s for the Astros this season. The projected starter for Houston is Framber Valdez, who is 10-4 with a 2.87 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP over 135 innings pitched this season.

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Texas is 4-1 in their last 5 Thursday games and 3-6 in their last 9 games. The under is 8-2 in Texas’ last 10 Thursday games. Houston is 37-14 in their last 51 Thursday games and 20-8 in their last 28 game three’s of a series. The under is 16-4-1 in Houston’s last 21 Thursday games. The under is 10-3 in these two teams last 13 head to head meetings.

Texas came into Game 2 as huge underdogs but was able to win the game in extra innings after scoring five runs in the 10th inning. The Rangers are once again big underdogs on Thursday, where they will face Framber Valdez. Valdez has allowed exactly three runs in each of his last three starts for Houston. For Texas, Cole Ragans will be making his second start of the season after going five innings of shutout baseball against the White Sox last week. This is a tough spot for Cole Ragans to gets his second start of the season and I expect the Astros to score early and often here. I like Houston to win this game by at least two runs.

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