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Texas Rangers vs Houston Astros 5/16/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Texas Rangers vs Houston Astros 5/16/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The Texas Rangers and Houston Astros will meet again at the Minute Maid Park for the finale of the four-game series.  The Rangers were swept in their last series against the San Francisco Giants.  The Rangers cut the lead 6-5 with four runs in the eighth inning but it wasn’t enough to give them the game against the Astros.  They lost the first three games of this series and now hold an 18-23 record placing them second to last in the NL West Division, six games behind the lead, Oakland Athletics.  

Offensively, the Rangers rank 15th in the league with 4.2 runs and 8.03 hits per game.  Texas continued to have issues with defense and pitching where they allowed 4.58 runs on 8.78 hits per game, ranking 22nd in MLB.  Leading the offense with a .296 batting average is Isiah Kiner-Falefa.  Adolis Garcia leads the team with 10 home runs and an RBI of 27.  Kyle Gibson will get the ball on Sunday night for the Rangers.  The right-hander holds a 3-0 record with an ERA of 2.28 and 41 strikeouts.  Throughout 47.1 innings, Gibson gave up 34 hits and 12 ERs.  

  • Texas is 5-15 SU in its last 20 games against Houston.
  • Texas is 2-16 SU in its last 18 games when playing on the road against Houston.
  • The total went OVER in 5 of Texas’ last 6 games against an opponent in the AL.

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Texas Rangers vs Houston Astros Predictions 5/16/2021

The Houston Astros have shown offensive power this season with 5.23 and 9 hits per game which ranks 3rd in MLB.  The Astros lineup is on top of the league against strikeouts at 7.13 times per game.  Houston took the series against the Los Angeles Angels winning 2 out of 3 after losing the first game.  The Astros are on a 5 game winning streak and are now trailing Oakland Athletics for first-place at 23-17 with 0.5 games behind Oakland.

Lance McCullers Jr. will get the ball on Sunday.  The right-hand pitcher has been an ace with a 2-0 record, 2.0 ERA, and 0.96 WHIP in his last four starts.  For the season, McCullers is 3-1, with a 3.10 ERA and 47 strikeouts.  Leading the Astros with a powerful offense is Yordan Alvarez batting .346.  Kyler Tucker leads with a team-high 8 home runs while Yuli Gurriel has 30 RBI’s.  

  • Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home.
  • Houston is 16-2 SU in its last 18 games when playing at home against Texas.
  • The total went OVER in 9 of Houston’s last 13 games this season.

Texas Rangers vs Houston Astros. The MLB pick for this game goes to Houston Astros.  Gibson didn’t quite bring his A-game in his last outing against the Giants.  McCullers on the other hand has been solid and looks to be able to hold the struggling Rangers down.  The Astros are playing great baseball recently and can hold the momentum.  Taking the game is the Houston Astros.  Final Score Prediction is 6-3. 

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Texas Rangers vs Houston Astros 5/16/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 2:10 PM ET

Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston

Date: Sunday, May 16, 2021

TV: ATT SportsNet

MLB Odds: Houston Astros -180

MLB Totals: 8.0

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