Houston Astros vs Texas Rangers MLB Pick – June 14

The MLB is set up with another strong slate of baseball action on Tuesday night. Sixteen games are up on the board throughout June 14. One of these games will be between the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers. These two teams have been solid throughout the season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will start at around 8:05 PM Eastern time.

Houston has earned a record of 37-24 throughout this season, which has them sitting in first place of the AL West. The Astros are coming off a loss in their last game and have lost four of their last five. Houston has an eight and a half game lead on the division. The Astros will look to bounce back with a big win in this one.

The Rangers have put up a record of 29-31 so far this season, which has them in second place of the AL West. Texas has won three games in a row entering this one. The Rangers are three games back on a wild card spot and will look to continue to close that gap. I expect Texas to come out fast at home in this one.

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. The Astros have struggled a bit as of late, which has allowed Texas to close the gap in the division a bit. The Rangers will look to remain hot. If either team can come out fast, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Houston Astros -1 ½ (+130) -125 Over 8 ½ (-115)
Texas Rangers +1 ½ (-150) +105 Under 8 ½ (-105)
Team Data Houston Astros Texas Rangers
Overall Record 37-24 29-31
Away/ Home Record 21-14 14-16
Batting Average .238 .236
Batting Average Away/ Home .236 .232
ERA 3.07 3.88
ERA Away/ Home 3.42 3.96

Betting Trends

Houston Astros

  • 5-6 in June games
  • 8-1 when playing on Tuesday
  • 19-12 against divisional opponents
  • 23-17 in night games
  • 23-17 against right handed starters
  • 15-8 after a loss
  • 25-17 against team with a losing record

Texas Rangers

  • 5-7 in June
  • 5-5 when playing on Tuesday
  • 15-16 against divisional opponents
  • 21-19 in night games
  • 16-21 against right handed starters
  • 15-12 after a win
  • 4-4 after three or more straight wins
  • 12-12 against team with a winning record

These two teams have met up nine times throughout the season. Texas hosted the first four game set of the season. The Rangers won the first game of that series, but Houston bounced back with three straight wins. The next four game set was in Houston, where the Astros went 3-1 again. Texas won the first game of this set with a 5-3 win on Monday night.

Offense

The Astros have been solid at the plate throughout this season. Houston has a .238 batting average, which is 20th in the MLB. The Astros have an OBP of .316, which is 13th in the league. Houston has posted a .725 OPS, which is 9th in the MLB. The Astros have also hit a BA of .243 against right handers.

Texas has struggled a bit hitting the ball on the season. The Astros have earned a batting average of .236, which is 22nd in the league. Texas has a .295 on base percentage, which is 27th in the MLB. The Rangers have put up an OPS of .684, which is 21st in the league. Texas has a .233 batting average against righties on the season.

These two teams have had similar batting averages this season, but Houston has been much better in the OBP and OPS department. The Astros have also been better against righties this season. Houston will look to bounce back at the plate after their last couple of losses. If either team can hit well early, it could give them the win.

Pitching Preview

Jose Uriquidy will likely get the start at pitcher for Houston in this one. Uriquidy has started in 11 games this season, going 5-3 in those matchups. He has posted a 5.04 ERA and a WHIP of 1.590 in those outings. Uriquidy last started against the Seattle Mariners. He allowed seven hits and four earned runs through four and a third innings pitched. 

I expect Dane Dunning to get the nod on the mound for the Rangers on Tuesday night. Dunning has earned a record of 1-4 throughout his 12 starts. He has put up an ERA of 4.41 and a 1.332 WHIP in those games. Dunning’s last start was against the Cleveland Guardians. He gave up nine hits and four runs through four innings.

These two pitchers have had some ups and downs on the season and will look for a solid outing in this one. Both teams have had solid bullpens as well this season. The Astros relievers have earned a 2.74 ERA, which is 1st in the MLB. Texas has a bullpen ERA of 3.46, which is 8th in the league this season.

Pick Overview

These two teams have been solid on the season and will look for a big win in this one. Texas was able to win the first game of this set, but I expect the Astros to bounce back. Houston has gone 6-3 against the Rangers on the season and I think they can remain strong in this one. If the Astros can get the early lead, I think they can get the win.

Bovada has Houston listed as a -125 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Astros will win this game around 55.6 percent of the time. I think that this line could be bigger with Houston being the better overall team. The Astros will look to come out fast as they try to avoid another big losing streak. As slight favorites, I like the value on Houston.

The Bet
Texas Rangers
-125
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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