MLB Picks: Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros
Texas Rangers starting pitcher Matt Garza is 0-2 with a 7.36 ERA in two career outings at Minute Maid Park, which is important to consider when making your MLB picks on Friday as he prepares to take on the Houston Astros.
Courtesy of SBR Forum, the Rangers are minus-190 road favorites in the pro baseball odds, with the betting total sitting at eight in the market.
Let's take a closer look at this American League West matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction along the way.
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The Texas Rangers have won nine of their last 10 games, including a 10-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels as minus-117 road favorites on Wednesday.
Rangers starting pitcher Matt Garza is 3-1 with a 2.58 ERA in eight road appearances in 2013.
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The Houston Astros are 6-10 as home underdogs of plus-150 to plus-175 this season, which includes a 7-5 setback to the Boston Red Sox in that situation on Wednesday.
Astros starting pitcher Erik Bedard is 6-13 with a 4.77 ERA in 41 career outings in August.
I'm going to recommend that readers play the total in this affair, as the OVER is 4-1 in the last five meetings in this series.
Pick: Over Eight Runs
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