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American League West: Rangers vs Astros MLB Wagering Lines

Sitting with a 71-53 record, the Texas Rangers own a slim half game lead over the Oakland Athletics in the American League West Division. The AL West playoff race one of the best in the Majors right now.

The postseason chase, between the A’s and Rangers, won’t be decided until we hit September. First pitch is slated for 8:05 PM ET on Monday, August 19, 2013, from Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, TX. Take Texas!

Texas Rangers: Look to widen the gap over the Athletics

With the Rangers battling Houston and the Athletics up against Seattle, it’s a slight advantage Texas to open the week and the Rangers need to make sun hay during this series against the worst team in baseball. RHP Matt Garza (8-2 ERA 3.40) gets the start today and he is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts vs. the Astros this season. Garza has pitched 15 innings against the ‘Stros (in starts for the Cubs and Rangers) and he has allowed five runs on 11 hits with 16 strikeouts.

Houston Astros: Playing out the string on first American League season

Sitting with a 41-82 record, we feel for the fans of the Houston Astros. Nothing as gone good for the ‘Stros this season as they own the worst team ERA in the league (4.84) they have the second worst team batting average (.238) and they lead the league with 1,167 strikeouts. Lucas Harrell (6-13 ERA 5.16) heads to the hill for Houston and it’s been a rough 2013 for Harrell. In his last three appearances against Texas, Harrell is 0-3 with 13 runs allowed over 15 innings pitched.

Astros vs. Rangers Betting Lines & Sportsbook Review Game Day Prediction

Heading to the online sportsbook, we’re not surprised that Texas is huge home chalk tonight. The Rangers are posted with a -1.5 (-145) run line and -285 straight up. Houston comes into this contest as road pups at +1.5 (+125) ATS and +245 on the money while the Over/Under is set at 8.5 (O -120 U – EVEN) runs. We are going to load up on Texas as we like them tonight and to sweep this three games series versus Houston. Give us Texas at -1.5 (-145) at TopBet!

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