Take Houston Astors -107 over Texas Rangers (8:05 pm ET Thursday, September 17)
The Rangers, who are hottest thing this side of Donald Trump, go for a four-game sweep of the fading Houston Astros when the two teams meet at Globe Life Park in Arlington. First pitch is slated for 8:05 pm ET when hard-throwing Astros rookie Lance McCullers (-107) will face Colby Lewis.
Texas has overtaken its division rival for first place in the American League West by going 14-6 in their last 20 games including their current four-game winning streak. The Rangers have been blistering hot at home posting a 21-5 record in their past 26 outings and have won five straight and six of seven vs. Houston. They begin play with a 1.5 game lead over the Astros.
McCullers (5-5, 3.10 ERA) will be out to snap a five start winless streak with his last victory coming July 29th against the Angels. He’s faced the Rangers once in his career and the experience wasn’t pretty. McCullers was dinged for six runs and seven hits while retiring only one batter in a 12-9 loss at Texas on August 3.
In his last start, Lewis (15-8, 4.45 ERA) threw a two-hitter against Oakland in a 4-0 victory on Friday. His effort ended a skid in which he surrendered a total of 18 runs and 23 hits over 15 2/3 innings. Lewis is 8-1 lifetime and 3-0 in four outings versus Houston this year and is either very good or awful, with not much middle ground.
The UNDER is 6-2-1 in the Rangers last nine home games while the high side has cashed to the tune of 20-9-3 in the Astros past 32 road contests.
The Rangers are among the top runline teams posting an 86-58 mark earning backers +1,704 units.