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Dunning vs France: A Pitching Duel Worth Betting On

The Texas Rangers look to stay atop the AL West standings when they begin a three-game weekend series with their division rival, the Houston Astros, on Friday night. Texas is currently a half-game ahead of the Los Angeles Angels for the top spot in the AL West after dropping two of three to the Oakland Athletics in its last series. Looking for MLB run line picks? We’ve got you covered ahead!


Dunning vs. France: A Pitching Duel Worth Betting On
Dunning vs. France: A Pitching Duel Worth Betting On

Houston is in last place in the division standings, having been swept by the Kansas City Royals in its last series. The Astros are 1½ games behind the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics for third place in the division.

Texas will have right-hander Dane Dunning (1-1, 4.15 ERA) getting the start for the series opener. Dunning took a loss in his last start, facing the Astros on Sunday and allowing three runs in 6⅔ innings.

The Astros will counter with right-hander J.P. France (0-1, 4.76 ERA), who will be making his third start of the season. France took a loss in his start against the Rangers last Saturday, giving up three runs in 5⅔ innings of work.

Rangers vs Astros Game Information

  • Game: Rangers (7-6) vs Astros (4-10)
  • Date/Time: Friday, April 12, 8:10 p.m. ET
  • Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX
  • Rangers vs Astros Live Stream:MLB.tv


These two teams – who squared off in the American League Championship Series in 2023 – split a four-game series last weekend in Arlington, Texas. The division rivals will play 13 times this season, with the next matchup scheduled for July.

The MLB odds for the opener have Houston getting the edge on the moneyline with -124 odds, while Texas is listed at +114. If you want to bet on this game, the Rangers are getting 1½ runs at -165 odds, with the Astros giving those runs at +145. The over/under is set at 9½ runs, with the over at even odds and the under at -120.

First pitch for this contest is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET, and you can watch it live on MLB.com.

Rangers vs Astros Odds and Spreads

  • Texas is 13-1 straight up in its last 14 games on the road.
  • Houston is 2-5 straight up in its last seven games against an American League opponent.
  • The over is 7-3 in the Astros’ last 10 games against an AL West opponent.
  • The under is 8-5 in the Rangers’ 13 contests this season.
  • Texas is 5-0 straight up in its last five games on the road against Houston.
  • The total has gone under in five of the Astros’ last six games at home.
  • Houston is 4-10 ATS this season.
  • Texas is 3-1 when playing as an underdog.

Rangers vs Astros Over/Under Pick: Under 9½ (-120)

These two teams have some dynamic offensive players at the plate, but they haven’t been putting things together to put a lot of runs on the board of late. The Rangers were just one-hit by the Athletics on Thursday, while the Astros managed eight runs in their three-game sweep by the Royals.

The two starters for this game have been solid this season, and both can get aggressive hitters to swing and miss. Dunning has 14 strikeouts in 13 innings pitched this season, while France has nine in 11⅓ innings. We like both starters to go deep in this one, and the under to be one of the better MLB picks today.



Rangers vs Astros Run Line Pick: Rangers +1½ (-165)

Texas has played very well in Houston in recent matchups, including taking all four of the ALCS games played there last season. After Thursday’s frustrating day at the plate, we like the Rangers to do a little more damage in this one, at least keeping this game close to the end.

Outfielder Adolis Garcia had the Rangers’ only hit in Thursday’s loss after going 3-for-3 with two doubles, two RBI, and a run scored in Wednesday’s win over the Athletics. Garcia is batting .294 with four home runs, 13 RBI, and nine runs scored. He is definitely a factor for our free MLB picks ATS for Friday’s action.



Rangers vs Astros Prop Pick: Jose Altuve Over ½ Hits (-244)

One of the more consistent hitters in the game, Jose Altuve is off to a solid start to the 2024 campaign. The 33-year-old second baseman is sixth in baseball with a .370 batting average and is coming off a 3-for-4 game in Thursday’s loss to Kansas City.

Altuve is on a three-game hitting streak heading into this series and has at least one hit in 13 of 14 games this season. If you’re looking for a solid parlay pick for Friday’s MLB betting, Altuve to get a hit on Friday is a good one to make.



Rangers vs Astros Prediction

Texas Rangers 4, Houston Astros 3



Questions of the Day

Is this the first series the Rangers and Astros have played against each other this season?

This is the second straight weekend these two teams have played, with the Astros and Rangers splitting a four-game set last weekend.

Who won the season series between the Rangers and Astros in 2023?

Houston won its regular-season series with Texas in 2023, 9-4, though the Rangers won their American League Championship Series matchup in seven games.


The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.

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