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AL West Showdown on Tap as Houston Hosts Texas

The Houston Astros will attempt to maintain their winning allure and will look to capture their fourth consecutive victory as they get ready to lock horns with the Texas Rangers. The two AL West Division rivals are scheduled to compete in a three-game series with the opener set to be broadcasted by the FOX Sports network Friday night at 8:10 p.m. ET and live from the Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX.

Game Time: 8:10 PM ET

Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas

Moneyline: Colorado -258

Total: 8.5

The division foes have already met in two series this season with the Astros winning the first one 2-1 in Arlington but the Rangers rebounded in the second set taking it 2-1 in Houston. However, the Astros have dominated the Rangers of late winning 8 of the last 11 contests. The Rangers, who are last in the AL West 9 games behind the Astros, come in into this opener having won their first series in the month of May.

The Rangers, who embark on a nine-game road trip, enter this contest as a +229 underdog, according to BetDSI Sportsbook, with the total sitting at 8.5 runs. LH Cole Hamels (1-4, 3.94 ERA) will attempt to get back into the winner’s circle as he gets the call for the Rangers while RH Justin Verlander (4-1, 1.17 ERA) takes his turn in the series’ opener for the Astros.

Hamels didn’t factor in the decision in his last outing in which he allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits while walking two and striking out five across six innings against Boston back on Saturday. The 34-year old has now collected three quality starts in his last five games but has failed to deliver a single win during that stretch. The San Diego native is 7-5 with a 4.16 ERA in 18-career starts against Houston.

Coming off his first regular season loss as a member of the Astros, Verlander has since then gone 9-1 with a formidable 1.13 ERA in 13 starts. The 35-year old allowed a run on just three hits with eight strikeouts in six innings in a 3-1 loss to the Diamondbacks last Sunday. The Virginia native, who has 7 quality starts in his 8 outings this year, is 12-6 with a 2.78 ERA in 22-career starts against the Rangers.

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Houston 5 – Texas 2

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Texas:
Team record: 15-24 SU
Texas is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Texas is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Texas’s last 10 games

Houston:
Team record: 24-15 SU
Current Streak: won 3 straight games.
Houston is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Houston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston’s last 6 games

Next Game:
Texas at Houston Saturday, May 12