Rangers vs Astros Prediction - MLB Picks 4/14/23

Houston Astros (6-7) vs Texas Rangers (7-5)

Game Info: Friday, April 14, 2023 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Luis Garcia (0-1) (7.00) vs Martin Perez (1-1) (2.53)

Betting Odds: Houston Astros -165 / Texas Rangers +140 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Texas Rangers will play the Houston Astros in Game 1 of their series on Friday night at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.

Rangers Preview

The Texas Rangers are 7-5 this season and they have won three of their last four games. Texas is coming off of a series win against the Royals, where they won two out of the three games played in the series. The Texas pitching staff has a 3.95 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP, and a .246 opponent batting average this year. The Rangers offense has scored 67 runs with a .243 batting average and a .310 on base percentage. Adolis Garcia is batting .213 with two home runs and 11 RBI’s for the Rangers. The projected starting pitcher for Texas is Martin Perez, who is 1-1 with a 2.53 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP over 10.2 innings pitched this season. 

Astros Preview

The Houston Astros are 6-7 this season and they have won three of their last four games. Houston is coming off of a series win against Pittsburgh, where they won two out of the three games played. The Houston pitching staff has a 3.75 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP, and a .252 opponent batting average. The Astros offense has scored 66 runs with a .256 batting average and a .337 on base percentage this season. Kyle Tucker is batting .311 with four home runs and 13 RBI’s for the Astros. The projected starting pitcher for Houston is Luis Garcia, who is 0-1 with a 7.00 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP over 9.0 innings pitched this year.

Trends

Texas is 3-8 in their last 11 games following a loss and 0-5 in their last 5 games against the AL West. The over is 5-0 in Texas’ last 5 games. Houston is 49-19 in their last 68 games against the AL West and 1-4 in their last 5 Friday games. The over is 6-0 in Houston’s last 6 home games. Texas is 15-40 in these two teams last 55 head to head meetings.

Pick

Houston has absolutely dominated Texas over the last couple of seasons, but they will have Luis Garcia on the mound for this game, who has struggled this season. Garcia has allowed seven earned runs over 9.0 innings pitched and did not look very good in his last start against the Twins. Texas will have start Martin Perez, who has allowed three earned runs over 10.2 innings pitched. Perez had a very good 2022 and has started 2023 on the right foot. I like the Rangers on the road in this game. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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