2017 MLB Free Picks Texas At Houston

Posted by Peter Boysen on June 12, 2017 in

The Texas Rangers (30-32) play the second game of their midweek series in Houston against the Astros (44-20) on Tuesday night. The Rangers just swept the National League East-leading Washington Nationals over the weekend, winning Sunday’s finale, 5-1. The Astros dropped two of three over the weekend to the Los Angeles Angeles and have dropped four of their last six overall. After you check out this preview, look on our site for online betting for Major League Baseball, upcoming NHL and NBA playoffs, and other sports.

A Closer Look At The 2017 MLB Free Picks Texas Rangers At Houston Astros

When: Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 8:10pm ET
Where: Minute Maid Park, Houston
TV: FSSW / RTSW
Radio: 105.3 FM The Fan Dallas-Ft. Worth / KBME 790 AM Houston
Live Stream: MLB.tv
Pitching Matchup: Nick Martinez (1-3, 4.88 ERA) (TEX) vs Lance McCullers Jr. (6-1, 2.58 ERA) (HOU)
MLB Odds: TBA

 

Why should you bet on the Rangers?

As solid as the numbers on Lance McCullers, Jr., are, the Rangers did knock him around back on June 3, tagging him for six hits and runs in just 4 ⅓ innings. McCullers did strike out eight Rangers in that game — and they strike out more than any other team so far this season. The Rangers are riding in on the hot bat of Elvis Andrus, whose clutch triple cleared the bases in Sunday’s win and gave him a 15-game hitting streak. If the same momentum that pushed this team past Max Scherzer on Sunday can hold during the week, the Rangers have a solid shot to win this one.

Why should you put your money on the Astros?

Houston had had an awful record against Texas over the past two seasons, but 2017 has changed that, as the Astros have won six of the first seven games against the Rangers so far this year. The Astro bats put up 20 runs in the last three-game series the two teams played, up in Arlington last weekend, while the Rangers only managed eight. The Astros get to face Nick Martinez in this game; when he faced them on June 4, he did so out of the bullpen. He did throw 3 ⅓ innings of shutout relief in the loss. However, as a starter, he tends to get hit hard after the fourth or fifth inning, so Houston should have plenty of offensive opportunities.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like Houston to tee off on Martinez a bit, but I also like the Rangers to put up some runs as their offense is clicking. I predict an 8-6 win for the Astros.