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Astros Have Been Printing Money Behind Cole Lately

Gerrit Cole #45 of the Houston Astros throws in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 1, 2018 in Arlington, Texas.

Gerrit Cole is unbeaten over his last seven starts since suffering his lone loss of the season on April 23 and will put that record on the line against the Texas Rangers on Thursday. When the Astros and Rangers get together, low-scoring affairs are the story. The UNDER is 4-0 in the past four matchups between the AL West foes with an average combined score of 4.8 runs.

MyBookie opened the Astros as -176 road favorites with a total of 9.

SHARK BITES
  • The Astros are 6-1 SU in their last seven games with Gerrit Cole as the starting pitcher.
  • The Rangers are 7-18 SU and ATS in their last 25 games against their division at home.
  • The Astros are 10-4 SU in their last 14 games against the Rangers.

Cole (6-1, 2.20 ERA) gave up one run and two hits while fanning 11 batters over seven innings in a triumph over the Rangers on April 1. The hurler ranks second in the majors with 116 strikeouts and has allowed 48 hits while holding opponents to a .171 batting average. Cole is 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA in three career starts against Texas.

Countering Cole on the mound is Cole Hamels. Hamels (3-5, 3.63) has surrendered two runs or less in six of his past seven starts but is only 2-2 during that stretch. The 34-year-old has given up six home runs over his last three starts, including two solo shots. Hamels allowed one hit through six shutout frames in a win over the ’Stros on May 11 and is 8-5 with a 3.95 ERA in 19 career outings against Houston.

When Houston opens a new series, the UNDER is trending. The Astros have gone UNDER in 16 of their last 22 series-opening games.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Baseball betting oddsmakers, including BetOnline, opened the Texas Rangers as +183 moneyline underdogs in this matchup. OVER/UNDER totals bettors saw the number open at 9.5 at shops such as Bovada.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 5.1-0.6 win for the Astros. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Houston Astros vs Texas Rangers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Texas Rangers sport a record of 27-37 heading into this matchup, while the Houston Astros sit at 38-25 on the season. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Texas vs Houston injuries news.

This game puts the Rangers, most recently No. 14 in OddsShark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Astros, who rate a No. 2 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

At the plate, Texas owns the No. 28 ranking for hits at 7.62 per game. By contrast, Houston is rated No. 8 in the same category at 8.76 per game.

Defensively, Houston features the No. 1-rated defense on the road, allowing 2.77 runs per game. Texas, meanwhile, comes in at No. 11 at home, scoring 4.56 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Astros grabbed a win last time out, defeating Wade LeBlanc and the Mariners 7-5 on Wednesday at Minute Maid Park.

Texas got the job done in their last match in an 8-2 victory over Oakland on Wednesday at Globe Life Park behind starter Bartolo Colon.

Betting Trends
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 5 games
  • Houston is 15-7 ATS in its last 22 games on the road
  • Houston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Houston is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games on the road
  • Texas is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas's last 6 games
  • Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • Texas is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Houston

Next Betting Matchups

Houston at Texas, Friday, June 8

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