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Houston Astros vs Texas Rangers 8/27/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The Houston Astros (75-52) will take on the Texas Rangers (44-83) in Game 1 of a three-game weekend competition at Globe Life Field in Arlington on Friday, August 27, 2021, at 8:05 PM ET. Houston just won a series over the Kansas City Royals after winning the last two installments. The Astros kneeled to the Royals in the opening of a series at 1-7 on Monday. However, Houston managed to bounce back and defeated Kansas City at 4-0 on Tuesday and 6-5 in the finale on Wednesday. Starter Lance McCullers finished 6.2 innings of work while giving away four earned runs on five hits with four free bases awarded and struck out seven hitters of the Royals in picking up the win. Designated Hitter Yordan Alvarez, 3rd Baseman Alex Bregman, and Center Fielder Jake Meyers acquired a one-run score on a double with an RBI each in leading the Astros. Catcher Martin Maldonado added one run on one hit with an RBI in the winning effort.

 

Houston will send Jake Odorizzi to take the starting role in the opening of a weekend series versus the Rangers on Friday. The 31-year-old right-handed thrower is 6-6 with a 4.52 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and struck out 70 batters in his 79.2 innings pitched in the majors this season.

 

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Houston Astros vs Texas Rangers Predictions 8/27/2021

 

On the Texas side, the team needs a win here after losing a series versus the Cleveland Indians. The Rangers defeated the Indians in the opening game of a series at 7-3 on Tuesday but lost the remaining two outings at 2-7 on Wednesday and 6-10 in the finale on Thursday. Texas scored two runs in each of the 2nd & 3rd innings to even the score at 4-4 but ended up adding only two runs in the remaining frames to the eventual 6-10 loss while hitting nine shots but committed one error. Starting Pitcher Jordan Lyles lasted for just 3.2 innings of play with eight earned runs on nine hits while granting one walk and struck out three Cleveland batters in the losing effort. Left Fielder DJ Peters made two runs on a double and one RBI while 2nd Baseman Nick Solak added one run on a double and drove two RBIs in the losing effort.

 

The Texas Rangers did not release the name of their starter yet in the first installment of a weekend duel against the Astros. However, Texas has been one of the worst pitching staff in MLB this year with a Team ERA of 4.69 and recorded just 975 strikeouts as a team that ranked last in the majors this year.

 

Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers. The MLB Pick for this outing is Houston -225. This will be a huge favor given to the Astros considering that this contest is a mismatch in all categories. Houston will continue to play solid and keep their lead in the AL West while Texas is tailing with 31 games behind. The Rangers lost seven of their last 10 and the team is heading to a total of 100 losses this season. The Houston Astros will win predicted at 7-2.

 

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Houston Astros vs Texas Rangers 8/27/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 8:05 PM ET

 

Location: Globe Life Field in Arlington, TX

 

Date: Friday, August 27, 2021

 

TV: ATSW

 

MLB Odds: Houston Astros -225

 

MLB Totals: 8.5

 

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