Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros – MLB, September 3, 2020

By Admir Aljic in MLB
| September 3, 2020 1:51 am PDT

The three-game series at Minute Maid Park in Houston between the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros will close down Thursday, September 3.

The Rangers upset the Astros in the opener, tallying a 6-5 win in their first meeting of this abbreviated season. They improved to 13-21, while the Astros dropped to 19-15 on the season.

However, the Astros remained at the second spot of the AL West standings, six games ahead of the fourth-placed Rangers, and 5.5 games ahead of the Seattle Mariners.

Thursday’s AL West showdown in Houston will bring plenty of excitement, so here’s my best Rangers vs. Astros betting pick along with all the betting tips and trends you need to know.

Rangers vs. Astros Odds

BET ODDS
Rangers +1.5 -140
Astros -1.5 +120
Rangers to Win +150
Astros to Win -160
Over 7.5 -120
Under 7.5 +100

The Astros are listed as firm favorites on Bovada sportsbook, while the bookies expect to see a proper low-scoring affair, as both teams will send their top aces to the mound.

Rangers vs. Astros Preview 

Lance Lynn will take the mound for the Rangers, while the Astros will counter with Zack Greinke.

Lynn is 4-1 with a sparkly 1.93 ERA and 0.92 WHIP in eight starts this season. The righty will get the Astros for the first time in 2020, and he’s 5-4 with a 2.59 ERA in 10 career starts and one relief appearance against Houston.

Greinke is 2-0 with a 2.68 ERA and 0.94 WHIP in seven starts this term. The six-time All-Star righty is only 3-6 with a 2.90 ERA in 15 starts and a couple of relief outings against Texas in his career.

The Rangers can lean on Lance Lynn, but they possess the worst offense in baseball. Texas averages only 3.71 runs per game. The Rangers are dead last in batting average (.214) and 29th in slugging percentage (.345) and on-base percentage (.293).

The Astros are fourth in the MLB in runs scored per contest (5.32), but they are out of the top 10 teams in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage.

Rangers vs. Astros Pick

Houston has dominated Texas lately. Excluding Wednesday’s game, the Astros are 11-3 in their previous 14 encounters with the Rangers.

I expect to see a tight game Thursday, and the Astros’ offense should be a key factor. Also, both teams could easily struggle offensively, considering the starting pitchers, and I cannot back the worst offense in baseball to win.

Hereof, five me the Astros at moneyline odds.

Pick
  • Astros to Win
    -160

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