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Houston Astros at Texas Rangers 10/18/23 - MLB Betting Odds and Picks

Posted on 17 October 2023 by Kim

Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers

MLB: 8:03 PM EST

Oct. 18, 2023

Latest Odds : TEX -130 ; O/U 9

The Astros are reaching the point of having to win or face certain elimination. However, the Astros are now facing the red hot Rangers team in Arlington and it will be very difficult for the Astros to be able to get the win in this game here as the Astros have been struggling in their past couple of games against Texas.

The last 2 games have seen the Astros out scored 7-2. In the last game, the Astros at least put up a little big of a fight and ended up at 5-4. The downside is the Astros are going to have to rely on a shaky starting pitching that has been rocked lately as the Houston club gave up 4 runs in the first inning against Texas.

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Starting in this game for the Astros is slated to be Cristian Javier. This season Javier has done really well posting at 10-5 record on the year, but had a shaky ERA at 4.56. Javier did strikeout 159 batters while walking a total of 62.

Texas is countering with Max Scherzer. This year Scherzer has ended up posting a record of 13-6 on the year with a 3.77 ERA. Max did end up striking out a total of 174 batters on the year, but was also impressive in the walks department with only 45 walks given up.

Recent Betting Trends:

The total has gone over in 4 out of the last 6 Astros games.

The Astros are 7-3 in their last 10 games.

The total has gone under in 8 out of the last 12 Rangers games.

The Rangers are 7-0 in their last 7 games.

Free Betting Pick: Texas Rangers -130

The game here is one that the Astros are going to have to hope their starting pitching gets off to a good start. If the starters do not get off to a good start the Astros are going to struggle. With the way that Javier has pitched overall, he could keep the Rangers hitting in check, but the Houston offense will struggle against a great pitching show from Max Scherzer. Final Score Prediction, Texas Rangers win 5-2.

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