Free MLB Picks For Today 10/18/2023
Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers MLB Betting Pick Prediction 10/18/2023
Astros at Rangers—Cristian Javier to start for Houston. Javier had 31 starts to the season with an ERA of 4.56 and WHIP of 1.27. The righthander struck out 23.3% with 9% walks. Ground balls dealt at 25.9% with 1.39 home runs per nine innings.
Max Scherzer to start for Texas. Scherzer in 27 starts has an ERA of 3.77 and WHIP of 1.12. The veteran fanned 28% with 7.2% walks. Grounders served at 33.2% with 1.65 home runs per nine innings.
Javier in his past two starts allowed no runs in 11 innings of work. Scherzer faced the Astros over a month ago allowing seven earned runs in three innings of work.
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Houston is 10-2 in their past 12 on the road against a team with a .540-to-.620-win percentage. The team record behind Javier 21-9 facing teams that average seven or greater strikeouts per game and 10-1 as an underdog of +100 or higher.
Astros are 53-30 on the road this season with a +21.4-unit return. Scherzer has not pitched in nearly five weeks due to a a muscle strain on his pitching shoulder. His innings could be limited and expose the Rangers bullpen here. Play Houston +115.
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