Houston Astros (77-61) at Texas Rangers (76-60)
Game Info: Monday, September 4th, 2023 at 4:05 p.m. EST (Globe Life Field)
Betting Odds: Rangers ML (-110) - Over/Under (9.5)
Pick: Rangers ML (-110)
Monday afternoon, takes us to the site of a massive American League West divisional clash as these two in-state rivals open up a series against each other here on Labor Day. As the Houston Astros head to Texas and face off against the Rangers in the opening game of this three-game series, as both teams look to gain ground on the red hot Seattle Mariners and get themselves back into first place within the American League West division heading into the first full week of September.
The defending World Series champions had a slow start to the 2023 Major League Baseball season. As they certainly experienced a World Series hangover, but eventually they pulled things together and got things going in the right direction coming into the summer months. Those month's came and went and now we are entering the final month of the 2023 Major League Baseball regular season. Houston has firmly situated themselves in second place in the American League West division coming into the opening game of the series, and while you can credit, they’re solid play throughout the year you can also thank the Texas Rangers we’re going on a massive losing streak, and having a stretch of several losses over the last couple of weeks.
The Houston Astros come into the opening game of the series with a record of 77-61 through the first 138 games of the 2023 Major League Baseball season. They are currently tied for second place in the division with the Texas Rangers, but they have one more victory than Texas does coming into the opening game of the series. They are one game out of first place behind the Seattle Mariners and they will be looking to pick up a solid victory here on Monday night to try and tie Seattle up heading into the week. They currently occupy one of the top spots in the American League wildcard race as well and they will be looking to extend that lead here in this one on Monday night.
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The Texas Rangers come into the opening game of the series with a record of 76-60 through the first 136 games of the 2023 Major League Baseball season. Much like the Houston Astros they are also one game back of the Seattle Mariners in the American League West division and they currently occupy one of the top three spots in the American League wildcard race as well. They have been losing several games over the last few weeks, and they finally picked up what felt like a much-needed victory over Minnesota in the finale of their series on Sunday.
Now they will be looking to make it two consecutive victories where they win here on Monday night against their rivals at home. Texas will give the baseball to Andrew Heaney here on Monday night and he had a solid start to the season but his numbers have dipped as the year has progressed. He will be looking to get things back on track and pick up a much-needed victory, as well as help Texas pick up a much-needed victory in the opening game of the series against the defending World Series champions. Texas comes into this game as winners of four out of their last 10 on the season and that is something they will need to improve upon coming down the final stretch of the year.
Betting trends to consider in this matchup:
- Texas is 43-26 at home
- Texas is 36-21 as a home favorite
- Texas is 65-51 without a day of rest
I expect Texas to use the momentum from their victory over Minnesota in the finale of their series yesterday to pick up a huge victory in the opening game of the series on Monday night as well. As I look for Andrew Heaney to help pitch the Texas Rangers to a victory here against the Houston Astros at home as Texas looks to get themselves back on track after a rough patch over the last couple of weeks.
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