Houston Astros(71-44) vs Texas Rangers(55-59)
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Over/Under: 10.5 HOU -120 vs TEX +110
Houston we have a problem! No, but in all seriousness, Houston has dropped four straight for the first time this season and with their 3-8 record in the last eleven games, things in Houston do not look too great. Houston was unable to get anything going against Texas starter Cole Hamels, Hamels went 7 innings allowing 3 hits, 2 walks, no earned while striking out five. Houston went scoreless through 7 innings until finally breaking through the top 8 for four runs against Texasâ€™s Jose Leclerc. Astros RF George Springer went deep for the 28 time this season to cut Texas lead by four, after Carlos Beltran and Marwin Gonzalez added a RBI, Texasâ€™s Alex Claudio shut the Astros down going 1.1 innings allowing 1 earned while striking out three. Texasâ€™s scoring four in the 3rd inning would help get the bats going, Elvis Andrus RBI single, Carlos Gomez two run single, Nomar Mazara RBI single. Plus Adrian Beltreâ€™s RBI in the 5th and Mazaraâ€™s sac fly to center in the 7th would seal the deal for Texas leading them to a 6-4 win and the first win of the three game series. Houstonâ€™s Charlie Morton went 5.2 innings allowing 7 hits, 3 earned while striking out six. Saturday night the Texas Rangers will retire Ivan â€śPudgeâ€ť Rodriguez No.7 before the game. Rodriguez played 12 seasons with the Rangers playing 1479 games, 1723 Hits, 829 RBIs, 215 HRs. Both clubs will wear jerseys from 1999 during Saturday nights game.
- Houston went 1-for-5 with RISP
- Houston left 8 runners on base
- Houstonâ€™s two errors cost them two runs
- Rangers went 5-for-12 with RISP
- Rangers left 7 runners on base
STARTERS: HOU FIERS VS TEX ROSS
Houston goes with one of their more durable pitchers during game two of the three game Arlington road trip. Mike Fiers gets the nod for Houston Saturday night, Fiers is 7-6 with a 4.06 ERA and 122 strikeouts. Last time Fiers faced Texas, he dueled 6 innings allowing 5 earned, 4 home runs and 9 strikeouts, getting the no decision on May 2. Through July Fiers faced great success vs opposing clubs, in 5 starts he picked up 2 wins 2 losses, a 2.89 ERA, 9 earned and 40 strikeouts.
Texas gives Tyson Ross the start for game two, Ross straight off the DL will face the slumping Astros. Ross is 2-2 with a 7.52 ERA, 27 strikeouts on the year. This will be Rossâ€™s 8 starts of the season and first start in almost a month. Ross started in four games in July, throwing 17.2 IP, 17 earned, 15 strikeouts with a 1-1 record and 8.66 ERA.
MLB PREDICTION HOU VS TEX BY COVER THE SPREAD 365
After a 6-4 Texas win, Houston dropping four straight for the first time this season, things are not looking too hot for a team with the second best record in the MLB. Houston has dropped 7 of their last ten games, and have posted a below .500 record since the All-Star break. With the retiring of Ivan Rodriguezâ€™s number, it will be a special night in Arlington Texas tonight. With Ross coming off the DL to face the Houston Astros, it will be a sure test for both Houston and Ross. Houston luckily getâ€™s one of their more durable and consistent pitchers going Saturday night, but donâ€™t get caught up in the pitching match up. With Texas at +110, I say there is nothing to lose taking Texas tonight, a night to remember for Pudge and Texas looking to take the series in a sense tonight, on top of Houston playing sub par baseball, Iâ€™d go Texas with the over.