Houston Hoping To Bounce Back Against Rival Rangers
There are a number of great MLB betting opportunities available on Saturday night, including an AL West rivalry game between the Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros. Both teams have picked up a win in this four-game series, and it could set up for a terrific battle.
Texas has started to turn its season around, but the Rangers are still 18-20.
Houston is once again one of the best teams in baseball as they come into this game with a record of 25-15. The Astros are an impressive 10-5 in their home stadium, but they are a team that can win anywhere.
The MLB lines have the Houston Astros as the moneyline betting favorites at -230 over the Texas Rangers.
Gray Needs To Guide the Rangers
The Texas Rangers will send Jon Gray to the mound and he has gone 1-1 with a 5.73 ERA. Texas has a team ERA that is more than 4.10, but that pitching staff did just record a shutout on Friday night.
Texas is also a team that has been inconsistent at the plate in 2022, and that is in spite of the fact that they brought in plenty of offensive talent in the offseason. Corey Seager has started to step up, and Adolis Garcia continues to swing a hot bat.
Seager leads the team with a .245 batting average, and Garcia has driven in 24 runs. Texas will have to find some offense yet again if they want to beat the Houston Astros.
Houston Hoping for More Offense
The Houston Astros have the ability to overwhelm opposing pitchers, but they were also shut out on Friday night. Houston has belted 56 home runs, but the Astros don’t always have a consistent offensive attack.
After a recent win, manager Dusty Baker said, “Just some days you’re swinging it,” and Houston needs to have one of those days on Saturday. Yordan Alvarez leads the team with 12 home runs, and Houston could use a big swing of the bat on Saturday.
The Astros will have a big advantage as Justin Verlander will be on the hill. Verlander is 5-1 with a 1.38 ERA.
Rangers vs Astros Head-to-Head
The win on Friday night snapped a four-game losing streak by the Texas Rangers to the Houston Astros. Houston has dominated this series over the last few years, winning the season series every single year since 2016.
Texas actually has a better overall record in the history of this rivalry, but most of those wins came as the Astros were transitioning to the American League.
Rangers vs Astros Game Information
- Game: Rangers (18-20) at Astros (25-15)
- Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX
- Day/Time: Saturday, May 21, 7:10 p.m. ET
- Live Stream: MLB TV
Rangers vs Astros Betting Lines
Texas Rangers +1½ Ev +205 7½ -115o 2½ -135o 2½ +105u
J. Gray -R
Houston Astros -1½ -120 -245 7½ -105u 4½ -120o 4½ -110u
J. Verlander -R
Rangers vs Astros Prediction
Making MLB picks is sometimes as simple as backing the best starting pitcher, and that strategy should suit you well in this game. Not only will Verlander dominate, but the Astros lineup should bounce back in a big way as well.
Texas has just been so inconsistent all season long, and that is going to affect the Rangers again in this matchup. Head to BetUS Sportsbook and take the Houston Astros -1 ½ as they cruise to a victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.