Rangers vs Astros Prediction - MLB Picks 4/15/23
Houston Astros (6-8) vs Texas Rangers (8-5)
Game Info: Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 7:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
Hunter Brown (1-0) (3.09) vs Jon Gray (1-1) (3.00)
Betting Odds: Houston Astros -175 / Texas Rangers +145 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Texas Rangers will play the Houston Astros in Game 2 of their series on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.
The Texas Rangers are 8-5 this season and they have won four of their last five games. Texas won Game 1 of this series by a score of 6-2 on Friday night. The Texas pitching staff has a 3.80 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP, and a .241 opponent batting average this year. The Rangers offense has scored 73 runs with a .247 batting average and a .315 on base percentage. Adolis Garcia is batting .216 with three home runs and 13 RBI’s for the Rangers. The projected starting pitcher for Texas is Jon Gray, who is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP over 12.0 innings pitched this year.
The Houston Astros are 6-8 this season and they have lost two out of their last three games. Prior to losing Game 1 of this series, Houston won two out of three games in their series against Pittsburgh. The Houston pitching staff has a 3.91 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP, and a .256 opponent batting average. The Astros offense has scored 68 runs with a .251 batting average and a .333 on base percentage this year. Yordan Alvarez is batting .295 with four home runs and 17 RBI’s for the Astros. The projected starting pitcher for Houston is Hunter Brown, who is 1-0 with a 3.09 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP over 11.2 innings pitched this season.
Texas is 3-10 in their last 13 game two’s of a series and 1-7 in their last 8 Saturday games. The over is 24-9 in Texas’ last 33 game two’s of a series. Houston is 7-1 in their last 8 Saturday games and 49-20 in their last 69 games against the AL West. The under is 23-8-2 in Houston’s last 33 Saturday games. Texas is 16-40 in these two teams last 56 head to head meetings.
Both of these teams come into this game playing very well in recent games, but Texas was able to win Game 1 of this series. The Astros are starting Hunter Brown, who struggled in his first start, but threw 7.0 innings of shutout baseball in his second start. The Rangers are turning to Jon Gray, who has allowed two earned runs in both of his starts this year. I think we are going to see a lower scoring game here and I am taking the under.
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