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Rangers vs Astros Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds & Picks April 15

Rangers Look To Remain On Top In the AL West

Houston Eyeing Fourth Home Win of 2022

The Texas Rangers took over sole possession of first place in the American League West Division with a 6-2 win in the first game of the series with the aid of three two-out RBIs and now they look to make it two in a row against the two-time defending division champions.

Houston fell to 3-5 at home with the loss while Texas is now 2-2 on the road.

Jon Gray, who allowed 10 hits and four runs with 11 strikeouts in 12 innings in his first two starts, is set to go for the Rangers. He allowed six hits and two runs in six innings in his only appearance against the Astros last season.

Hunter Brown, who gave up two hits and no earned runs in seven innings in his last start, is slated to take the mound for the Astros. He made his Major League debut against the Rangers in 2022, allowing three hits while throwing six scoreless innings.

When looking at the MLB news, the Rangers are without shortstop Corey Seager and catcher Mitch Garver. The bullpen is short-handed due to injuries to Brett Martin and Glenn Otto.

For the Astros, outfielder Chas McCormick is questionable while second baseman Jose Altuve and outfielder-designated hitter Chas McCormick are out.

According to the MLB playoff odds, The Astros (-130) remain the favorite in odds to win the AL West. The Rangers (+450) are tied for fourth in the championship odds.

Looking for the Big Hit

When looking for reasons behind a disappointing start for the Houston Astros, the inability to deliver in the clutch is a good place to start.

The Astros were 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position in Friday’s series-opening loss to the Rangers. Houston is now 12 for 61 with runners in scoring position in the eight losses.

In the six wins, that number jumps to 18 for 70. That is still off the pace set by the 2022 Astros when the Astros trailed only the Los Angeles Dodgers with a .270 average with runners in scoring position. Those numbers would look even worse if not for Yordan Alvarez and Kyle Tucker going 10 of 23 with 22 RBIs with runners in scoring position.

The MLB betting lines total has gone over in nine of Houston’s last 12 games.

Lowe Delivering For The Rangers

With key hitters Corey Seager and Mitch Garver out of the lineup, the pressure has fallen to some of the other veteran Rangers to pick up the slack.

First baseman Nathaniel Lowe is doing what he can. Lowe had two hits and three RBIs against Houston on Friday and that extended his hitting streak to nine games. He is hitting .298 during the streak as his batting average jumped from .237 to .275.

Lowe hit .313 with nine RBIs in 21 games in April a season ago.

His power numbers are up from the 2022 season with six doubles and two home runs in 12 games played in April.

The Las Vegas MLB odds total has gone over in five of the last six games for the Rangers as well as in four of the last six matchups with American League teams.

Rangers vs Astros Game Injuries

Rangers vs Astros Head-to-Head

The Astros had won seven of the previous eight games before the Rangers took the last two following Friday’s 6-2 win.

That game ended a run of three consecutive one-run affairs between the teams. Each of the last four meetings have finished under the total.

Lowe hit .281 with two home runs and five RBIs against the Astros last season. Kyle Tucker wore out the Rangers pitching in 2022 to the tune of a .338 batting average with five home runs and 20 RBIs.

Rangers vs Astros Game Information

  • Game: Rangers (8-5) vs Astros (6-8)
  • Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX
  • Day/Time: Saturday, April 15, 7:10 p.m. ET
  • Rangers vs Astros Live Stream: MLB.tv

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The Astros have outscored their opponents 12-1 after the last two losses and this will be an opportunity for Houston to bounce back once again.

Don’t be surprised to see plenty of strikeouts as the Astros and Rangers are tied for fourth in the majors with 131 strikeouts.

Houston is 6-6 when listed by the MLB odds as the favorite. The Rangers are 2-2 as an underdog. The Astros have covered only three of their first eight games at home.

Texas is listed at +151 in our Las Vegas MLB odds. This means that if you wager $100 on the Rangers, you have a chance to win $151. The Astros are priced at -171, offering a chance to win $58 on a $100 wager.

The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Rangers a 39.84% chance to win, with the Astros at 63.10%.

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