Rangers and Houston Battle at Minute Maid Park

Houston Astros Baseball

Rangers try to Gain Ground on Astros

The Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros will meet on the field at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday. The Rangers are trying to make up some ground against the Astros depleted starting pitching staff. With Lance McCullers, Dallas Keuchel, Charlie Morton and Collin McHugh on the disabled list the Astros have been forced to make some tough decisions.

Francis Martes who starts for the Astros. Right hander Martes is 0-0 with a 9.81 ERA so far this season.He is making his first Major League start.

An avalanche of injuries to its rotation has forced Houston to fast track Martes. He is the Astros top pitching prospect. Martes made his major league debut on June 9 against the Los Angeles Angels. He allowed four runs on four hits and two walks over 3 2/3 innings of relief. His 78 pitches were the third most by an Astros reliever in his debut.

Oddsmakers opened the Astros as -153-moneyline favorites versus the Rangers, while the game’s total opened at 9.5.

Texas was a 4-2 winner in its last match on the road against the Astros. They won as +178 underdogs, while the total score of 6 made winners of UNDER bettors. Right hander Andrew Cashner will take the mound for the Rangers to start this game. Cashner is 3-5 this season with a 3.17 ERA.

Cashner is 2-4 with a 4.41 ERA over 12 career games against Houston. That includes four career starts, including two this season. Cashner, 3-2 with a 3.94 ERA over his last five starts. He has six quality starts over his last eight appearances. He will work on extended five days’ rest for a second time this season.

MLB Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games
Texas Rangers
Date Opponent score Result line Total starter ip opposing starter Location
Jun 13, 2017 HOU 4-2 W 178 9.5 N Martinez 6 B Peacock A
Jun 12, 2017 HOU 6-1 W 109 8.5 Y Darvish 7 Joe Musgrove A
Jun 11, 2017 WSH 5-1 W 231 9 Austin Bibens-Dirkx 7 M Scherzer A
Jun 10, 2017 WSH 6-3 W 147 9.5 M Perez 5 G Gonzalez A
Jun 9, 2017 WSH 5-2 W 163 9 A Cashner 7 T Roark A
Houston Astros
Date Opponent score Result line Total starter ip opposing starter Location
Jun 13, 2017 TEX 2-4 L -190 9.5 B Peacock 4.2 N Martinez H
Jun 12, 2017 TEX 1-6 L -119 8.5 Joe Musgrove 4.2 Y Darvish H
Jun 11, 2017 LAA 6-12 L -175 9 David Paulino 4 J Chavez H
Jun 10, 2017 LAA 3-1 W -186 9.5 M Fiers 7.1 R Nolasco H
Jun 9, 2017 LAA 4-9 L -165 8.5 B Peacock 3 M Shoemaker H

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Forecast for Houston

Next up:
Texas home to Seattle Friday, June 16
Houston home to Boston Friday, June 16

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Dirty has been an employee or owner of some of the top online sports gambling forums since 1998. He worked at EOG.com from it's inception until 2008 when he left and opened GamblingIQ and then in 2012 opened Handicappers Hidaway. He has written hundreds af articles over the years and always has his "Dirty Dozen" College Football poll up starting the first week of October.
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