MLB Betting Preview: Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers – Friday, July 23, 2021

by Spooky Express | July 23, 2021 |

A battle in the Lone Star State will take place this weekend when the Texas Rangers visit the Houston Astros. The Rangers have lost nine in a row coming into this weekend, while the Astros took two of three from the Cleveland Indians earlier this week. MyBookie has a moneyline on this game of Houston -245, while Cleveland checks in at +195. The Astros are favored by 1.5 runs, and the over/under is 9.

Texas Rangers Betting Preview: Can It Get Any Worse?

The Texas Rangers come into play with a record of 35-62, good for fifth place in the American League West, 23 games behind the Houston Astros in the division race. The Rangers have struggled mightily in the last couple of weeks, losing nine straight games during that stretch. The only drama that surrounds the team is who will likely be traded next week at the trade deadline. Running into the team with the second-best record in the American League is not the recipe that the Rangers need right now.

At any rate, they will send lefthander Kolby Allard to the mound to open things up with the Astros. Allard has a record of 2-7 with a 4.06 ERA. In 68.2 innings, Allard has struck out 62 hitters, walked 14, and allowed 12 home runs. In his previous outing, Allard struggled, going 5.1 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits. He struck out one and walked one in a 5-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Offensively, the Rangers are hitting .228 as a team, good for 14th in the American League. Their leading hitter is right fielder Adolis Garcia, who is hitting .262 with 22 home runs and 62 RBI. Center fielder Joey Gallo, who is among those whose names are being swirled in trade rumors, is hitting .228 with 24 home runs and 52 RBI.

Houston Astros Betting Preview: Keep on Rolling

The Houston Astros come into play with a record of 58-39, and they lead the American League West by three games over the Oakland Athletics. The Astros have won two of their last three games but have won just four of their last 10. They still lead the division by three games, so there is no need to panic.

On Friday, Houston will send right-hander Jake Odorizzi to the mound. Odorizzi has a record of 3-5 with a 4.09 ERA. In 50.2 innings, Odorizzi has struck out 45 hitters, walked 16, and allowed seven home runs. In his previous outing, Odorizzi struggled, going 3.1 innings, allowing four runs on six hits. He struck out one and walked four in a 10-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox.

Offensively, the Astros lead the majors with a .266 team batting average. Their leading hitter is right fielder Michael Brantley, who is hitting .331. Second baseman Jose Altuve leads the team with 23 home runs, and designated hitter Yordan Alvarez leads the team with 60 runs batted in.

Betting Lines and Predictions

 MyBookie has a moneyline on this game of Houston -245, while Cleveland checks in at +195. The Astros are favored by 1.5 runs, and the over/under is 9. This is a bit of a mismatch as these two teams are headed in completely opposite directions. The Astros have struggled recently, but a weekend set with the Rangers may be just what the doctor ordered. Jake Odorizzi should be able to get back on track after facing the Rangers. Take the Astros in this one.

Spooky Express Free Pick: Houston -245

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