Houston Astros at Texas Rangers - 8/31/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Texas Rangers (58-70) vs Houston Astros (83-47)

Game Info: Wednesday, August 31, 2022 at 2:05 pm (Globe Life Field)

Martin Perez (10-4) (2.69) vs Cristian Javier (7-9) (2.97)

Betting Odds: Texas Rangers +120 / Houston Astros -142 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Houston Astros will play the Texas Rangers in Game 2 of their series at Globe Life Field on Wednesday afternoon.

The Houston Astros are 83-47 this season and have won six of their last eight games. Houston won Game 1 of this series by a score of 4-2 on Tuesday night. The Houston pitching staff has a 3.03 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP, and a .215 opponent batting average this season. The Astros offense has scored 588 runs with a .245 batting average and a .318 on base percentage. Alex Bregman is batting .267 with 20 home runs and 77 RBI’s for the Astros this season. The projected starter for Houston is Christian Javier, who is 7-9 with a 2.97 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP over 115.1 innings pitched this season.

The Texas Rangers are 58-70 this season and have lost three games in a row. Prior to losing Game 1 of this series, Texas lost two out of three games in their series against Detroit. The Texas pitching staff has a 4.09 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP, and a .242 opponent batting average. The Rangers offense has scored 581 runs with a .244 batting average and a .307 on base percentage this year. Corey Seager is batting .255 with 28 home runs and 67 RBI’s for the Rangers this season. The projected starter for Texas is Martin Perez, who is 10-4 with a 2.69 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP over 154 innings pitched this season.

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Houston is 6-2 in their last 8 games and 36-16 in their last 52 games against the AL West. The under is 5-1-1 in Houston’s last 7 games. Texas is 8-23 in their last 31 Wednesday games. The over is 3-0-1 in Texas’ last 4 Wednesday games. Houston is 41-16 in these two teams last 57 head to head meetings.

Houston continues their incredible season and they are coasting to another first place finish in the AL West. Houston will look to build on their impressive pitching performance on Tuesday by starting Christian Javier, who has allowed two or fewer runs in five straight starts. For the Rangers, Martin Perez has allowed three earned runs over his last 18 innings pitched. I like the under in this game.

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