Rangers Out for Another Against ‘Stros
The Houston Astros were unable to outlast the in-state Texas Rangers, Monday night, as they fell, 5-3. It was a three-run eighth which propelled the Rangers. Houston’s struggled lately, having dropped four of its last five.
It won’t be easy for the Astros, as the Rangers are now riding a three-game winning streak and aren’t
Astros Looking To Build Momentum
Bouncing back from tough losses isn’t easy, which is why Houston Astros is looking for any momentum. They’ll send out Jose Urquidy to lead the way, the team hoping he can provide that spark they need.
Urquidy is 5-3 on the season, but with a bloated ERA of 5.04 right now. He’s surrendered three earned runs (at least) in each of his last three starts, allowing two dozen hits in the process.
What’s been Urquidy’s biggest this season is the homer. He’s served seven in his last five starts, obviously not pitching well right now.
There was in some good news in that Urquidy had a solid start against Texas last month. He surrendered just one earned run in 6.2 innings of a 5-2 Houston win. The Astros are hoping for more of the same.
A Ranger Rally…A Ranger Repeat?
The Texas Rangers are hoping to grab another win against their in-state rivals, fresh off their come-from-behind 5-3 victory in Monday’s opener. Dane Dunning takes the mound to lead the way.
Dunning’s ERA is better than Urquidy’s but at 4.41, it’s not great. He’s just 1-4, Texas struggling to win with him on the mound.
Dunning faced the Astros earlier in the year, lasted 5.2 innings in a game won by Rangers, 6-2. Texas hasn’t given him good run support, which has led to defeats recently.
Texas lost six of the last seven times Dunning has pitched, scoring just 19 runs, a paltry 2.71 per outing.
Astros vs Rangers Head-to-Head
In nine games played this season, the Astros have won six of them.
Astros vs Rangers Game Information
- Game: Astros (37-24) vs Rangers (29-31)
- Location: Globe Life Field, Arlington, TX
- Day/Time: Tuesday, June 14, 8:05 p.m. ET
- Astros vs Rangers Streaming: MLB.tv
Astros vs Rangers Betting Lines
Houston Astros J. Urquidy -R
|Texas Rangers D. Dunning -R||+1½ -150||+113||8½ Evu||3½ -140o
Astros vs Rangers Prediction
If you’re making MLB picks, note that the Astros are favored, though likely a tricky game to handicap.
Texas might have the slight edge with pitching. They don’t support Dunning very well. Urquidy been hit hard of late, so it’s hard to trust him in this spot.
We will look for the Rangers bats to come to life against a shaky Urquidy, and for the Astros to do some damage as well. That should lead to an over, so go with that in the sportsbook.
Pick: Over 8½ (-120)