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Free MLB Pick: Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros – June 12, 2017

MLB Baseball Matchup at a Glance

 

  • Where: Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas
  • Date & Time: Monday, June 12, 2017
  • M/L Spread: TEX +118 | HOU -131
  • Total: 9
  • Quick Pick: Astros vs. Rangers Over 9 for 2.5 Units

The Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros will face off in a All-Texas matchup at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas on Monday night to kick off a 3 game series between the two teams. These two teams just played each other last week a 3 game series in Arlington, Texas with the Astros sweeping the Rangers 3-0.

This is actually the third series of this year between the Rangers and Astros. These two played a 4 game series back on May 1-May 4 with the Astros winning 3-1. Overall, in the 7 games this year between Texas and Houston, the Astros have won 6 out of 7 games.

Rangers Take On Another 1st Place Team After Sweeping 1st Place Nationals

The Texas Rangers come into this game off a series sweep of the Washington Nationals. The Rangers are now 30-32 and are in 4th place in the American League West Division. The Rangers have gone 5-5 in their last 10 games and are on a 3 game win streak.

Yu Darvish will get the start today for the Rangers. Darvish is 5-4 on the year with a 3.18 ERA. He has pitched in 82 innings and only allowed 61 hits and 29 earned runs. Darvish has been tagged for 12 home runs this year. He has struck out 89 batters and walked 32. Darvish faced the Astros on Friday and only lasted 5 innings, giving up 7 hits and 3 earned runs, while striking out 8 and walking 1.

Astros Leagues Hottest Team!

The Houston Astros are in first place in the American League West Division by 12 games with the best record in MLB, 44-20. They have gone 6-4 over their last 10 games and have the 2nd largest run differential in the American League with 98. The Astros have scored 350 runs and have only allowed 252 runs.

Joe Musgrove will get the start tonight for the Astros. Musgrove is 4-4 on the year with a 4.89 ERA. He has appeared in 10 games this year, allowing 59 hits in 53.1 innings. He has allowed 29 earned runs and 9 home runs, while striking out 43 and walking 17. Musgrove faced the Rangers back on May 4 and was taken out early in the 4th inning after giving up 5 hits and 5 runs in a 3-1 loss.

Heat, Humidity and Lot’s Of Runs!

The Houston Astros are this year’s surprise team and they are getting it done with their bats and their pitching staff! They are multi-dangerous and can beat you in high scoring games or by their pitching staff shutting down opposing offenses.

In this game, I foresee the Astros picking apart Yu Darvish for the second time this year. Darvish struggled in the first game only lasting 5 innings. It’s going to be hot in Texas with highs in the upper 80’s and the dew point around 74. That means the ball is going to be flying out of Minute Maid Park!

Pick: Houston Astros and Texas Rangers Over 9 for 2.5 Units