Rangers vs Astros Prediction - MLB Picks 4/16/23

Houston Astros (6-8) vs Texas Rangers (8-5)

Game Info: Sunday, April 16, 2023 at 7:08 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Framber Valdez (1-1) (1.89) vs Andrew Heaney (1-1) (8.22)

Betting Odds: Houston Astros -278 / Texas Rangers +205 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Texas Rangers and Houston Astros face off on Sunday in an MLB showdown at Minute Maid Park. The two teams have split the first two games of this series. 

Rangers Betting Preview

The Rangers sit with an 8-6 record overall, but the offense couldn’t do enough on Saturday. The Rangers bats only managed two runs and they lost by six. The five runs in the 7th inning given up led to the loss. The Rangers offense overall is averaging 5.36 runs per game which is 7th in the league. Adlois Garcia has hit three home runs and driven in 14 RBIs. On the mound for the Rangers will be Andrew Heaney who sits with a 1-1 record and an ERA of 8.22. In his last start he went five innings giving up two hits and one run. 

Astros Betting Preview

The Astros have really struggled to start the season and they sit with a 7-8 record overall. Yordan Alvarez had a strong game finishing with one hit and three runs. Overall this season the Astros are averaging 5.07 runs per game which is 11th best in the league.  On the mound for the Astros will be Framber Valdez who sits with a 1-1 record and an ERA of 1.89. In his last start he went seven innings giving up three hits and two runs. Alvarez has hit four home runs and driven in 20 RBIs. 

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Rangers vs Astros Trends

Astros are 5-0 in Valdez's last 5 home starts vs. a team with a winning record.Astros are 4-0 in Valdezs last 4 Sunday starts. Astros are 10-1 in Valdezs last 11 starts vs. a team with a winning record. Rangers are 0-5 in their last 5 road games vs. a left-handed starter. Astros are 1-6 in their last 7 when their opponent allows 5 runs or more in their previous game.

Shane’s Free Pick

Framber Valdez is going to lockdown the Rangers bats in this game and that is going to be the difference here. Heaney sits with an ERA of 8.22 and he is going to really struggle in this game to slowdown the Astros bats. Houston is going to run up the score, and they will win on the run line.

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Shane’s Pick Astros -1.5

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