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MLB Betting Preview: Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers

September 5, 2023

The Houston Astros and Texas Rangers will battle it out in game two of their fierce three-game divisional series. Who will inch closer in the division?

  • Date: Game 2 on September 5, 2023 at 8:05 PM ET

  • Location: Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas 

Houston Astros Betting Preview

The Astros are sixth in the league rankings, but they seem like they could lose it all before this month is over with. They just had three bad losses against the New York Yankees, a team that has a batting average of .230. Framber Valdez (10-9) is on the mound for the second game of this series, with an ERA of 3.38.

They do well at the plate, with a batting average of .257 and hold their opponents to an average of .244. To truly solidify their status as a well-rounded team, they should strive to improve this ratio further.

They excel at reaching base with an OBP of .329 and maintain a strong ERA of 3.94. Their offensive performance across various categories is commendable, notably their slugging percentage, which stands at an impressive .426.

While the Astros have set their sights on claiming the top spot in the AL West, they face challenges when competing against the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers. Securing every possible win against these rivals becomes crucial for their aspirations.

Texas Rangers Betting Preview

The Rangers had opportunities last week against the Minnesota Twins to potentially get ahead in this series, but fell short in two games. They are currently sitting at the 12th spot in the league rankings, which is a slight improvement from last week. Dane Dunning (9-7) is expected to be their starting pitcher with an ERA of 3.45.

They boast an impressive batting average of .267, outperforming the Astros in this regard, and manage .242 from their opponents at the plate. This statistical advantage should favor the Rangers.

While their ERA stands at 4.13, which could be improved, they make up for it with a more favorable OBP of .338 when compared to the Astros. Additionally, their slugging percentage shines at .452.

As the month progresses, the Rangers are in need of a positive surge to propel them forward. Securing victories here would serve as the much-needed catalyst for their momentum.

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

MyBookie has this game coming down to a coin flip, with the Astros slightly favored to win. According to market analysis, the Rangers have a 51.3 percent probability to come away with the win.

  • Texas Rangers: -105

  • Houston Astros: -115

Houston has a slight lead in this series over the course of this year. Look for the Astros to keep clicking offensively.

Spooky Express Pick: Houston Astros -115