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MLB Baseball betting action sees the Texas Rangers taking on the Houston Astros on Monday, May 4th at Minute Maid Park, in Houston, Texas. Cappers Picks provides free MLB Baseball handicapping tips all season long.

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Texas Rangers (8-16) vs. Houston Astros (18-7)
Stadium: Minute Maid Park, (Houston, Texas)
Time/Date: 8:10 PM EST; Monday, May 4th
MLB Odds: Texas Rangers +180/ Houston Astros -190
Over/Under: 8.0 runs (-125 Over)
Pitching Matchup: Rangers LH Ross Detwiler (0-3, 8.66 ERA) vs. Astros LH Dallas Keuchel (3-0, 0.73)
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The Houston Astros sit in unfamiliar territory as they get set to welcome in the Texas Rangers into Houston on Monday. Winners of 10 in a row, the Astros look to extend their surprising commanding lead in the AL West.

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The Texas Rangers are in the opposite end of the spectrum as they sit in dead last in the AL West, 9.5 games off the Astros pace.

Texas Rangers

The Rangers pitching was knocked around on multiple occasions in their most recent 3 game set against the Oakland Athletics. Texas allowed 7 runs in all 3 games, but luckily they were bailed out by a surprising offensive performance in the middle game of the set. Still, Texas sits in the cellar of the AL West, 9.5 games out of first place, and 1.5 games out of fourth place.

Texas will send southpaw Ross Detwiler to the rubber as he searches for his first win of the campaign.

Detwiler can look for a silver lining in what has been a terrible start as he allowed just 2 runs, on 5 hits in his last outing that last 5.1 innings. Unfortunately, the Rangers managed just 1 run offensively and fell 2-1 in the contest.

Detwiler has faced AL West opponents in all 4 starts this season and sits with 3 losses and 17 runs allowed.

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In 4 career appearances against Houston, with 2 of those being starts, Detwiler is 1-0 with a 2.87 ERA.

On the season, Texas is averaging just 3.71 runs a game.

Houston Astros

When somebody looks at the Astros roster, not too many names are going to stick out. Predicted to be on of the bottom teams in the AL West, Houston has silenced the doubters for the time being as they search for win number 11 in a row on Monday. The Astros have pushed aside Oakland, San Diego, and Seattle en route to their winning streak and with Dallas Keuchel toeing the rubber on Monday, Houston looks poised for win number 11.

Keuchel is making an early case to be in the Cy Young conversation. He brings in a 3-0 record with just a 0.73 ERA.

In 5 starts this season, he’s allowed just 3 runs total, and has gone scoreless in 3 of the 5 games.

In his most recent outing, Keuchel allowed Matt Kemp to hit an RBI double in the 1st inning, but only to then retire 23 of the next 24 batters he faced. Keuchel ended up going 8 innings, allowing 3 hits and just 1 run.

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In 10 career outings against Texas, Keuchel is 2-3 with a 3.95 ERA.

MLB Handicapping Trends:

  • Rangers are 16-35 in their last 51 games as a road underdog of +151 to +200.
  • Rangers are 2-5 in their last 7 road games.
  • Astros are 17-5 in their last 22 games on grass.
  • Astros are 6-2 in their last 8 games as a favorite of -151 to -200.

Free 4* MLB Pick: Under 8

Theres really no value either money line here. Houston at -190 is just too much to lay, while Texas at any price really isn’t worth backing.

Houston 4, Texas 0

Take the under here as Keuchel has another stellar performance.

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By Tony M

Tony is new to Cappers Picks and has been betting on sports since the first day he turned 18. He is a 22 year old Cleveland native who lives and breathes Indians baseball. His dream is to be part of a championship celebration at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario.