Written and authored by Major League Baseball Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Baseball news and notes. The teams will play on Monday May 4th, 2015. At 8:10 PM EST.
The (8-16) Texas Rangers of the American League West Division will travel to “SPACE CITY” for the I-45 series. Texas will play the (18-7) Houston Astros also of the American League West in 2015 MLB action. The teams will play at Minute Maid Park in beautiful Houston, Texas. The Best Sports Handicapper believes the Texas Rangers management has to make some trade to upgrade the roster. Houston is the surprise team through the first month of the season. The opening betting line has the Rangers as a +170 road underdog; the betting total is 7′ runs for Monday’s game.
The 2015 Texas Rangers have dropped five of their last six, including a 7-1 home loss to Oakland. Texas is last in the Division, nine and a half games out of first place. First Baseman Prince Fielder is doing his job. Fielder is the team leader with a .358 batting average, a .459 on-base percentage, two home runs, eleven RBI’S and thirty-four hits. Texas is hitting .220 as a team. Rangers pitchers are allowing opponents a .274 batting average. Sluggers Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre have to step up their play, especially at the plate. The good news is Josh Hamilton is back in a Rangers uniform but is on the disabled list. The betting odds under the total are 8-1-1 Texas last ten on Monday’s. The betting odds under the total are 7-1 the last eight between the teams. The Texas Rangers are 3-7 their last ten Baseball Predictions overall, going over the betting odds total four times and staying under the betting odds total six. Texas will send “LEFTY” Ross Detwiler (0-3) with an 8.66 ERA on the mound for the opening game of the “BATTLE OF THE LONE STAR STATE”. The former Washington pitcher went 5.1 innings, giving up five hits and two runs in his last start on April 28th, a 2-1 home defeat to Seattle. The Rangers are 2-7 their last nine in Houston. The Texas Rangers are 250/1 to win the 2015 MLB American League Pennant.
The 2015 Houston Astros are on a ten game winning streak, including a weekend sweep over the Seattle Mariners. The Astros are in first place in the AL West, seven games in front of the second place Angels. Second Baseman Jose Altuve is the offensive leader in four of five major categories. Houston has a .247 batting average. The Astros pitching has been solid, allowing opponents .217. Houston will hit the road for a four-game series at the Angels on May 7th. Shortstop Jed Lowrie is out until late July with a thumb injury. Houston is 8-1 their last nine baseball games as a favorite. The betting odds under the total are 6-1-1 their last at home. The Houston Astros is 10-0 their last ten overall, going over the betting odds total eight times and staying under the betting odds total twice. Houston will have the Left Handed Dallas Keuchel (3-0) with a 0.73 ERA on the hill for the first game of the series. The University of Arkansas product went eight innings, giving up three hits and one run in a 7-2 road win at San Diego on April 29th. The Houston Astros are 18/1 to win the 2015 MLB American League Title.