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Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers

July 14, 2024


Two NL West Division foes will face each other in a rubber match of a three-game series when the Texas Rangers travel to Houston, Texas, to face the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. The first pitch of Game 3 is scheduled for 2:10 PM ET on Sunday afternoon and will air on Bally Sports Southwest and Space City Home Network.


Texas Rangers Team Preview


The Texas Rangers enter the series finale having won six of their last eight games following a 2-1 win in extra innings in Game 2 of the series on the road against the Houston Astros, ending their two-game losing streak. However, the Rangers remain five games below .500 at 45-50, which puts them in 3rd place in the AL West, behind the Seattle Mariners and Houston Astros and 7.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox for the final Wild Card spot in the American League. Nathan Eovaldi played a pivotal role in the win as he pitched seven innings, allowing one run and recording seven strikeouts. However, his start resulted in a no-decision.


The Rangers scored the winning run in the top of the 10th inning when Josh Smith scored off a base hit off the bat of Nate Lowe. The Rangers have split the previous ten games in the series against the Astros; however, Texas has outscored Houston by an average of 5.8 to 5.3 runs per game in those matchups.


The Texas Rangers will travel to face the Houston Astros in Game 3 of the series, and they will look to win their first series against them this season.


Houston Astros Team Preview


The Houston Astros have rebounded nicely over their last 22 games, compiling a record of 17-5 during that stretch, and have won six of their previous seven series and can with their 7th of their last eight with a win at home against the Texas Rangers in Game 3 on Sunday after winning Game 1 of the series on Friday by a score of 6-3.


However, they lost the pitcher's duel in Game 2 on Saturday, falling 1-2 at home in extra innings. Spencer Arrighetti had one of his best starts this season, pitching six innings, allowing one run, and recording seven strikeouts. However, his start resulted in a no-decision. The lone run for the Houston Astros came in the 1st inning when Alex Bregman scored off a base hit from Yainer Diaz. The Astros have won five of the nine meetings against the Rangers this season and have outscored Texas by an average of 5.44 to 5.22 runs per game.


The Houston Astros will look to win their second consecutive series against the Texas Rangers this season when they host the Rangers for Game 3 on Sunday afternoon.


Odds and Series Trends


WagerWeb lists the Houston Astros as -130 moneyline favorites at home against the Texas Rangers for Game 3 of the series on Sunday afternoon. The teams have split the previous ten meetings 5-5, with Texas outscoring Houston by an average of 5.8 to 5.3 runs per game in those meetings. Meanwhile, the Astros have won two of the previous three games in the series by an average margin of 1.67 runs per game. 


Game Pick


Max Scherzer is 0-2 with a no-decision in his last three starts against Houston and has allowed an average of 4.67 runs while recording an average of 3.33 strikeouts per game in those contests, while Ronel Blanco is 2-0 with a no-decision in his last three starts against the Rangers while allowing an average of 1.67 runs and recording an average of 3.67 strikeouts per game in those starts.


As a result, I am taking the moneyline for the Houston Astros when they host the Texas Rangers for Game 3 of the series on Sunday.


Pick: Houston Astros (-130)