Joe Musgrove (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and Yu Darvish (2-3, 3.29 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Houston Astros (57-53) and the Texas Rangers (64-47) at Minute Maid Park. The Rangers won the last game 3-2, and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 2:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 7 and can be seen on RTSW and FSSW.
Musgrove pitched 4.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering zero runs, striking out eight and walking one in a 2-1 defeat to the Blue Jays. Darvish went 6.1 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out nine and walking one in a 5-1 defeat to the Orioles in his last outing. Carlos Beltran (.306, 51 Rs, 23 HRs, 67 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Rangers, going 3 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
Texas takes on Houston as a -118 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at eight runs. The Astros have an overall money line of -816 and a record as the underdog of 16-13. Houston has gone winless (0-2) as the underdog and 3-7 SU in its last 10 outings. The Astros have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 2.5 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.4 runs per game. Houston is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 80 bases. As for the Houston defense and pitching staff, it's been a struggle for opposing teams to score runs against the Astros. The 4.0 runs that Houston's pitchers allow per game makes them the top staff in the AL. The Astros are the fourth-best team in the AL at limiting hits during home games, allowing only 8.4 hits per game to their opponents this season. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Astros, who lead the AL in strikeouts per game with 8.7.
Over in the other dugout, Texas is coming in with an overall money line of +2,141 and an impressive record of 26-16 as the favorite. They have been playing solid baseball as favorite with a 9-7 record against teams in their division, and a 27-19 record SU. Offensively, the Rangers have really sputtered in the last 10 games. They have decreased their season average of 4.7 runs per game by averaging 3.3 during that stretch. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Rangers are fifth in the AL on the road with an average of 8.4 hits allowed per away game.
The Rangers have controlled the season series, 10-2. The Astros have a 42-32 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Darvish takes the mound. Musgrove (RHP) will be on the hill against the Rangers, who have a 48-32 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TEX, O/U - Over
The Astros are 28-22 against their divisional rivals, while the Rangers are 28-19 against their division.
When leading after seven innings, Texas is 29-21, while Houston is 28-23.
The Rangers managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Astros who are heading in with a 26-14 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rangers are 42-9. The Astros have a 43-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 18th in runs, Houston has earned 480 this season. Texas ranks ninth with 516 runs.
Ranking 27th, Texas is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 284 this season. Houston ranks in the top five at fourth with 396.
The Astros are 48-32 when they hit at least one home run. The Rangers perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 54-32 record.