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#975 Texas Rangers 9 vs.
#976 Houston Astros -215
Friday, July 19, 2019 at 8:10pm EDT
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

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The Houston Astros will be trying to increase their lead in the AL West when they take on the Texas Rangers in the first game of their three-game weekend series on Friday night. The game will be played at Minute Maid Park and is scheduled to begin at 8:10 PM. ET.

Mike Minor, 8-4, 2.73 ERA, will get the start for the Rangers. The Astros will counter with Justin Verlander, 11-4, 2.98 ERA.

(This preview was written before Thursday’s game was played).

Rangers Trying To Snap Four-Game Losing Streak

The Rangers failed to take advantage of their six-game homestand, losing the last four of those games. They will be hitting the road for their next 10 games and will try to get the road trip off to a good start with a win over the Astros.

Offensively, Texas has played well this season. The team’s .251 batting average is 16th in the league. Their .326 on-base percentage is 13th, as is their .444 slugging percentage. The 515 runs they have scored is seventh in the league.

Elvis Andrus leads the Rangers with a .296 batting average. Joey Gallo leads the team with 22 homers, while Nomar Mazara leads with 51 RBI.

Texas’ pitching hasn’t been as good as the team’s offense. Opponents have a .271 batting average against the Rangers, which is 28th in the league. Their 5.03 ERA is 25th, while their 37 quality starts are 16th in the league.

In his last start, Minor gave up seven hits and four earned runs in five innings, leading to a 7-6 loss to the Astros. The team will need a better performance from him if they want to snap their losing streak on Friday.

Astros Going For Sixth Home Win In Seven Contests

The Astros struggled during their eight-game road trip and saw their lead in the AL West shrink to 4.5 games over the Oakland Athletics, who have won six straight and 14 of their last 17 games. With the team playing at home for their next six games, they will try to increase their division lead with a series win over the Rangers.

Houston is one of the best offensive teams in the league. The team’s .270 batting average is second in the league. Their .346 on-base percentage is also second in the league, while their .471 slugging percentage is tied for second in the league. The 504 runs they have scored is ninth in the league.

Michael Brantley leads the Astros with a .324 batting average, while Alex Bregman leads the team with 24 homers and 60 RBI.

Houston also has one of the best pitching staffs in the league. Opponents have a .223 batting average against the Astros, which is first in the league. Their 3.94 ERA is sixth, while their 53 quality starts are third in the league.

In his last start, Verlander gave up four hits and two earned runs in six innings, helping the Astros get a 12-4 win over the Rangers. The team will need a similar performance to get the win on Friday.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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The Astros have played well at home against teams with winning records, winning eight of their last 11 contests. They have also played well with Verlander on the mound, winning 11 of his last 15 starts. Texas is struggling at the moment, especially on the road where they have lost four of their last five contests.

Prediction: Houston Astros -1.5

Full-Game Total Pick

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The Astros and Rangers are averaging 9.66 combined runs per game in their last three contests. The Rangers have played over the total in their last five games and in four of their last five games against AL West teams. The Astros have played over the total in five of their last six games and in three of Verlander’s last four starts.

Prediction: Over 8.5

First Five Innings Side Pick

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The Astros will win the first five innings of this game because they have outplayed the Rangers in the first five innings of their last three games, averaging 5.33 runs per game while the Rangers average two runs per game.

Prediction: Houston Astros

First Five Innings Total Bet

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The Astros and Rangers are averaging 7.33 combined runs per game in the first five innings of their last three games and they will play over the first five-inning total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

Prediction: Over
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Written By Bosun Akinpelu

Bosun is very passionate about sports and he feels bad to get paid for doing this, but we here at Winners and Whiners are glad to have him as a part of the team. As someone who minored in Mathematics, Bosun has a lot of faith in numbers, and will make his picks based on stats and not emotions. He has been successfully picking winners for quite some time, so if you want to get paid, then stick with Bosun.