There are some teams who are just out there simply going through the motions. They aren’t going to win anything of substance, with the club looking towards the future instead of the now. That would be true with the Rangers, who really have themselves to blame for not winning a World Series in the last decade. They came close, especially in one instance, but were missing a piece or two.
A couple of more quality arms in the bullpen, and I think the Rangers may have been able to do it. Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz, and Adrian Beltre all together provided quite the pop in the lineup. Offensively there weren’t any issues, but with a 39-year-old Beltre the only guy left from that era, the Rangers must start looking to their youngsters.
The Astros have some competition on their hands this season. They’re currently duking it out with the Angels for atop the leaderboard in the American League West. The Angels look like a major threat since adding Ohtani to the fold. Mike Trout has been doing it all alone for years and the addition of Ohtani takes some of the pressure off him.
Charlie Morton will get the nod for the Astros on Saturday, as he looks to keep it rolling for the ‘Stros. The veteran, Doug Fister, will counter for the Rangers. Get our free Rangers vs. Astros pick below. Note that I will be in Las Vegas this coming week, so hopefully I will be able to cash some winners at the window with you guys who are in town.
Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros Pick
Doug Fister (1-3, 4.02 ERA) vs. Charlie Morton (4-0, 2.16 ERA)
Fister is a pitcher that we would call over-the-hill. No disrespect to him, he’s had a quality career as a major league pitcher. Fister came close to winning a World Series with the Tigers, and did an adequate job of assisting that bullpen. However, since then, I think it’s been more about collecting a nice paycheck, more than anything. Fister hasn’t had a year with an ERA below 4.00 since 2014 with the Nationals.
The Tigers also lost Max Scherzer to the Nats, but the loss of Fister didn’t sting as much as Scherzer leaving. Fister has already been to the DL once this season. He is coming off a rather tough start against the Red Sox, as they lit him up for 6 runs and 9 hits in 6.1 innings. Note that this came after his only start of more than 5 innings in 2018. We’ll see if his arms faces some more fatigue on Saturday.
Charlie Morton is coming off his second worst start of the season, but it wasn’t exactly bad, it’s just Morton has been that good. Morton was touched for 3 runs against the Diamondbacks in 5 innings of work. He allowed just 3 hits, so it was a long ball that did him in. Overall, Morton has posted an ERA of 2.16 thus far. His OBA has been terrific with a .178. I see the Astros grabbing this one by 2 or more runs on Saturday.