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We’re always trying to make the most money possible off of the MLB odds each and every night. Join us on Friday, as we make our Texas Rangers @ Houston Astros free picks and predictions for what should be a great clash on the diamond.

August 9th MLB Picks: Texas Rangers @ Houston Astros
Date: Friday, March 9th, 8:15 ET
Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX
Rangers vs. Astros On TV: MLB Network

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MLB Lines & Probable Starting Pitchers
Texas Rangers (Matt Garza) -185
Houston Astros (Erik Bedard) +175
Total: 8

We know that the Astros are arguably the worst team in baseball, but we like their chances in this series of being able to take at least half of these four games. Houston has been able to plate some runs in these losses, and that’s been half the battle for the team this year. We have confidence if the club can put five runs on the board in this one that LHP Erik Bedard will make it stand up. Yes, Bedard has led the Astros to losses in six straight starts, but it’s really not all his fault. In his last three outings, the southpaw has posted 22 strikeouts and has a 2.60 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP in that stretch. Texas is playing well right now, but we question just how much pop this team is going to have in its lineup in the long run without OF Nelson Cruz (suspended) or DH Lance Berkman (hip) in the lineup. RHP Matt Garza has been great in his games with the Rangers since coming over from the Cubs, but we aren’t all that sure that he is going to be able to keep this up either. Garza has a 2.82 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP in his three starts with Texas, but he has become known as a pitcher that can be frustrated if he is forced to field his position. There is a lot of speed in this Houston lineup, and we think that there could be some bunts laid down to try to fluster Garza. This one sets up well for the Astros as we see it.

Texas Rangers @ Houston Astros Pick: Houston Astros +175
Texas Rangers @ Houston Astros Score Prediction: Astros 5- Rangers 3

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