July 11, 2019
By StatementGames Team
ESPN HOU Vs TEX Thursday Night Baseball – The Breakdown
Houston Astros (57-53)
Last 10: 7-3
Texas Rangers (51-36)
Last 10: 4-6
Framber Valdez (3-4, 4.57 ERA, 1.37 WHIP) Vs Lance Lynn (11-4, 3.91 ERA, 1.22 WHIP)
ESPN HOU Vs TEX Thursday Night Baseball – Hot Take
The spotlight will be on the Houston Astros & Texas Rangers rivalry as it will be the only MLB game played tonight!
The Astros open the 2nd half of the season after ending the 1st half on a high note. The team had a bad losing streak, but stormed back to go 7-1 in the final three series of the 1st half. The strong finish gave the team a 7.5 Game lead and a few strong performances should be noted.
In just 19 games Yordan Alvarez has 7 homers and 7 doubles while driving in 25 runs. In this stretch he is carrying a .342 average and 9 walks in 73 ABs. George Springer, Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa are the other three Astros with an OPS north of .900. Michael Brantley is right there with an .893 mark. Yuli Gurriel is also hot in the last couple of weeks, capturing AL Player of the Week honors right before the All-Star Game. As a unit the offense ranks second in the league for OBP, SLG, and OPS, and 4th in average. They also have the least amount of strikeouts for any team, and are 6th in the league for walks.
The Texas Rangers are a pleasant surprise to the 2019 MLB storybook. After being left for dead by the league, they’re in the midst of a competitive run for the Wild Card and were even sniffing the division for a hot minute a couple of weeks ago.
The Rangers’ offense has been led by explosive All Star Joey Gallo and others. Joey Gallo has 20 homers, 49 walks, and 95 strikeouts in 207 ABs. He also has 14 doubles and a triple under his belt so far this year. Shin-Soo Choo & Willie Calhoun have been very productive this year and will continue to be mainstays in the teams lineup.
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10 PT Pick & 9 PT Pick= HOU & TEX Will Both Commit OVER 0.5 Errors
Rust!!! Give the guys a break… 1st game back from a little layoff so we are banking on the fact that it will take a few innings to shake off the rust. Within the 1st 5 innings – both teams will commit an error.
8 PT Pick = Total Runs OVER 11.5
Both starting pitchers carry an ERA of about 4 or higher. 1st Game back from the break… we are going to see some runs.
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