Texas Rangers vs Houston Astros (By: Mulder)

Verlander allowed four runs here in Arlington in the second outing of the season. I think he will do better today and here is why...

Verlander posted a 3.52 ERA thus far but this will improve of course with that 11.74 K/9 and 2.35 BB/9 for control.

He was amazing in his last outing by holding the red hot Mariners to one run on 2 hits with 0 BB and a fantastic 11 K (!) in just 6.0 innings at work.

On the other side Drew Smyly will start on the mound for the Rangers. Allowed just one run on four hits in his first outing of the season against this very Astros team. So great outing, right? Not really and for two reasons...

1) He was lucky his 'D made some fantastic plays behind him because the Stro's made HARD contact> 8.10 FIP (!) / 8.12 xFIP (!).

2) He was lucky the Astros were terrible with RISP in the first seven days or so, something that they improved big time ever since obviously.

-Astros are 18-5 in the last 23 meetings in Texas.

Smyly might not be so lucky this time while Verlander should be determined to do better this time. Hence backing the mighty Astros.

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Texas Rangers vs Houston Astros predictions

Tip Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
Houston Astros -1.5 Pinnacle 1.75 8 2-7 WON (+6 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
Texas Rangers vs Houston Astros betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Mulder).
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