Houston Astros vs Texas Rangers Predictions & Picks

Houston Astros vs Texas Rangers Predictions

Key Stat: The Astros should have the edge on Tuesday due to their consistency

Tip Reasoning

  • The Astros top the AL with an 82-47 record
  • The Rangers allowed 10 runs on average in their last 2 games
  • Framber Valdez (13-4) is a top 10 pitcher

The Houston Astros will certainly try to keep their momentum going as the upcoming 2022 MLB Playoffs are right on the horizon. They currently top the American League with an 82-47 record which gives them more options to play with. The Astros would love to repeat their success from last year and get back-to-back appearances in the World Series. They have been quite consistent throughout the year, knowing that this is what will matter the most in the end of the Regular Season. The Astros will rely on one of their top picks on Tuesday as Framber Valdez (13-4) has been selected among the starting line-up. The 28-year-old player from the Dominican Republic averages a 2.65 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. His overall record and ERA rank him among the top 10 pitchers in the entire MLB.

On the other hand, the Texas Rangers have one huge issues to resolve in the off-season as their consistency has been missing all season long. However, they can be delighted with their results in 2022 as there is a visible improvement since last year. The team is currently 11th and might have a shot at a top 10 spot in the end of the season. Despite having a negative record of 58 wins and 69 losses, the Rangers have a positive run ratio, suggesting that they have lacked some luck from time to time. With Dane Dunning (3-6) as a starting pitcher, we don’t think they will be able to compete like equal with the Astros. Moreover, their most recent games suggest that they will struggle on Tuesday against the 2021 World Series runners-up. Hence, we will go with the Astros’ spread for the night.

Tip Reasoning

Key Stat: The Astros can easily break Dane Dunning

  • The Rangers allowed 10 runs on average against the Tigers
  • The Rangers have covered the totals line in their last 5 matches
  • The Astros are able to score lots of runs against low-performing pitchers

The Astros might be one of the most conservative contenders for the World Series, but they have proven to be quite merciless against low-seeded opponents. They average 4.53 runs per game in 2022 and it seems that this is a great period to pick up some momentum. The team from Houston will have to come up against one of the most questionable pitchers within the Rangers. Dane Dunning (3-6) is in his third MLB season and averages a 4.19 ERA and 1.37 WHIP across 24 appearances this year. The 27-year-old starting pitcher has improved his throws lately, but his performance in a 7-6 loss to the Rockies suggested otherwise.

Moreover, the Rangers have shown some teeth offensively averaging more runs per game than their opponents. They have proven to be quite unpredictable as players like Corey Seager, Adolis Garcia and Nathaniel Lowe have picked up some rhythm lately. On top of that, Nathaniel Lowe has been named the American League Player of the Week recently. We think that both sides can perform well improving their hitting percentages on Tuesday. Hence, we will recommend you pick the “Over” in that scenario.

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