Astros vs. Rangers: Bet $50 to get $200 at WynnBET

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The Houston Astros and Texas Rangers begin a three-game set on Monday night at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. The Astros (37-23), who have won the AL West in four of the past five season, are out to a big division lead yet again this season, leading the second-place Rangers (28-31) by 8.5 games. Because of that gap, the Astros are installed as favorites in this matchup, -153 on the moneyline according to WynnBET.

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The Astros will send 25-year-old right-hander Cristian Javier to the bump in the series opener. Javier has a respectable 3.22 ERA in 11 games this season (seven starts). However, when it goes badly for Javier, it goes badly for Javier. In nine of his 11 appearances, he has allowed two runs or fewer. But in the other two, he allowed seven and five earned runs, respectively, both times pitching just 3.2 innings. One of those was his last time out, a loss against the Mariners on June 6.

Javier generally doesn’t pitch deeply into the game, completing six innings only one time. He’s a strikeout machine, though, recording 56 punch outs in his 44.2 innings. He has faced Texas twice this season and has generally handled the Rangers’ lineup well. In two starts, he has allowed three earned runs in 11 innings of work, and his most recent against Texas was the lone start in which he completed six innings. He struck out nine Rangers in that contest but took the loss as the Astros were blanked by the Rangers.

Opposing Javier is 27-year-old left-hander Taylor Hearn. Hearn is 4-4 in 11 starts with a 5.40 ERA in 50 innings pitched. He’s had trouble keeping runners off the basepaths, allowing 58 hits and 25 walks (1.66 WHIP). Home runs have been an issue, as well, having allowed seven round-trippers in his 11 starts. He’s faced the Astros twice this season, losing both starts. He’s given up eight earned runs in just 9.2 innings of work.

The Astros’ run total is set at 5.0 at WynnBET and don’t forget to use our promo code, XVIBONUS to get $200 with your first bet of $50. Keep in mind that the ‘Stros have yet to score more than five runs in any game against the Rangers this season, though they are 6-2 in those contests. The key has been their pitching; in eight games against Texas, Astros pitchers have allowed a total of 19 runs.

Texas scored six runs in the first matchup of the year but have since crossed the plate just 13 times in seven games. The game total is set at 9.0, with the over at -105 and the under at -115. In eight matchups this season, the teams have combined for a total of 45 runs (5.6 runs per game) and none of those games has seen the two squads score more than eight runs.

Written by Dan Zaksheske, our US sports betting industry expert.