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Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros: Picks, Predictions, Odds and Player Props

The 8-7 Texas Rangers are gearing up to battle the 5-11 Houston Astros in a crucial Sunday afternoon clash in the AL West, with both teams vying for supremacy in the series.

We have two aces on the mound to close out the series, as the Rangers' Nathan Eovaldi and Astros' Christian Javier are two of the best pitchers in the league. 

As the rubber match unfolds, keep reading to learn more about our Astros vs. Rangers predictions today. Both teams could use a win to finish the week, and there are plenty of factors to consider before placing your bets!

Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros betting picks and predictions

Texas Rangers ML (+100)

Taking the mound for the Rangers is the seasoned Nathan Eovaldi, who has been nothing short of stellar in the early stages of the season, boasting an impressive 1.45 ERA across his initial 18.2 innings of work.

Eovaldi's dominance extends beyond mere statistics; he's demonstrated a knack for stifling the Astros' potent line-up, maintaining a commendable 2.95 ERA in three career starts at Minute Maid Park.

Despite the formidable challenge posed by Eovaldi, the Astros are pinning their hopes on Cristian Javier, a promising young talent who has dazzled with a minuscule 1.10 ERA thus far.

Javier's skill on the mound presents an obstacle for the Rangers' offense, though recent history suggests they may have found chinks in his armor, tallying 12 earned runs across his last three encounters against them, eight of which came in their most recent meeting.

While the Astros managed to salvage a win in yesterday's contest with a commanding offensive display, the Rangers remain undeterred, fueled by the power-hitting prowess of Adolis Garcia, who has already notched four homers and 15 RBIs this season.

In what promises to be a tightly contested matchup between two potent line-ups, the defending champions hold a slight edge, bolstered by Eovaldi's form and the potential to exploit Javier's vulnerabilities. Therefore, we’ll be backing the Rangers ML.

Under 9 (-125)

There have been plenty of runs in the first two games of this series, but we’re not expecting too many runs today.

Although Javier hasn’t boded well against the Astros recently, we think he can settle into a groove if he survives the first few innings. He’s allowed just two earned runs in three starts this season and has never looked uncomfortable on the rubber.

Additionally, the under is 5-3-1 in the Rangers’ nine home games this season, indicating that this hasn’t been a hitter friendly ballpark to start the season.

For the Rangers, Eovaldi has performed just as well, as he’s allowed just three earned runs in his three starts this season. Those games finished with just 6.3 runs on average, finishing under the set total each time.

As we said above, the Rangers ace has had success at Minute Maid Park, and the only Astros hitters with historical success against him are Jose Altuve, Yordan Alvarez and Alex Bregman. We expect a strong performance and pitchers duel from both starts today, so our main prediction is for the game to finish with Under 9 Runs.

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Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros odds

Texas Rangers

+100

Houston Astros

-120

Run Line

Astros -1.5 (+165)

Total

Over 9 (105), Under 9 (-125)

Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros player props

Player Home Run Odds

Adolis Garcia

+180

Yordan Alvarez

+265

Corey Seager

+290

Marcus Semien

+350

Wyatt Langford

+475

Kyle Tucker

+400

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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