Texas Rangers vs Houston Astros 4-15-2023

Texas Rangers vs Houston Astros 4/15/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

Texas Rangers vs Houston Astros 4/15/2023 Picks Predictions Previews


The Lone Star State’s baseball rivalry heats up this weekend as the Texas Rangers face off against the Houston Astros for the second game of their three-game weekend series in Houston.


Despite finishing over 30 games behind the eventual World Series Champions, the Astros, last season, the Rangers have made significant offseason moves to bolster their pitching staff and close the gap between the two teams.


However, the Astros, despite a slow start this season, are still the heavy favorites to clinch the AL West Division once again in 2023.


The pitching matchup features the Rangers’ Jon Gray, a free-agent acquisition from the 2022 season, with a 1-1 record and a solid 3.00 ERA, against the Astros’ Hunter Brown, who is 1-0 with a 3.09 ERA.


The first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM EST. The Rangers made notable moves last season to add speed and pop to their lineup, but it failed to yield significant results.


However, this year, they added elite starting pitchers Jacob deGrom and Nathan Eovaldi in free agency, leading to a promising start to the season with the team currently tied for first place.


In Friday night’s game, the Rangers’ Nate Lowe’s 3 RBI and Martin Perez’s solid five-inning performance as the starter led to a 6-2 win against the Astros.


Gray, who made one start against the Astros last year, will look to build on his promising start to the season and contribute to the Rangers’ bid for victory.


His road record last season was 3-6 in 16 starts with an ERA of 4.27, and he must be in top form to take down the strong Astros lineup.


  • Texas is 4-1 in their last 5 after allowing 5 runs or more in their previous game.
  • The Rangers are 4-1 in their last 5 games with the total set at 7.0-8.5.
  • The Texas Rangers are 66-134 in their last 200 road games.

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Texas Rangers vs Houston Astros Predictions 4/15/2023


The Houston Astros have slowly started to regain their footing after a sluggish start to the 2023 MLB season.


The Astros were dealt an early blow when second baseman Jose Altuve sustained an injury during the World Baseball Classic, which has sidelined him for at least the first few months of the season.


Heading into this weekend’s series, the Astros held a 6-7 record, one game under .500. In Friday night’s game, the Astros struggled offensively, tallying just six hits and two runs, both from solo home runs.


Astros’ starter Luis Garcia had a subpar outing, giving up six hits and five runs in five innings of work, resulting in their eighth loss in 14 games played.


The Astros will turn to 24-year-old Hunter Brown to take the mound on Saturday night. Brown has been impressive this season, with a 1-0 record and an ERA of 3.09 in two starts.


In those outings, he has given up eight hits, walked five batters, and struck out 12.


Brown’s last outing against the AL Central Division-leading Minnesota was particularly noteworthy, as he pitched seven innings, allowing only two hits and one unearned run while striking out seven and walking two batters. This will be Brown’s 10th career start.


The Astros are currently contending with a few key injuries, including the absence of Altuve, DH Michael Brantley, and SP Lance McCullers.


Nonetheless, the Astros remain a formidable team with significant depth, and Brown will look to lead them to victory in Saturday night’s game.


  • Houston is 4-1 in their last 5 home games with the total set at 6.5 or lower.
  • Astros are 42-12 in their last 54 games vs. a left-handed starter.
  • The Houston Astros are 7-1 in their last eight Saturday games 

Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros. The MLB Pick for this contest is Houston Astros.


While the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros may have similar records to start the season, the Astros remain the reigning World Series champions and are expected to elevate their game soon.


As they face their in-state rivals on Saturday, the Astros are predicted to come out on top by capitalizing on their strengths both offensively and defensively.


Therefore, it is advisable to back the Astros on Saturday as they look to break through against the Rangers. The final score prediction is a 6-2 victory for the Astros, who will also cover the spread. 


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Texas Rangers vs Houston Astros 4/15/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 7:10 PM E


Location: Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX


Date: Saturday, April 15, 2023          


TV: MLB Network


MLB Odds/Point Spread: Houston Astros -165


MLB Totals: 8.5   


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