The Houston Astros picked up a much-needed win over the Texas Rangers on Monday night, riding a four-hit, two-homer game from Jose Altuve.
It’s a disappointing loss for Texas, who is really trending down in the playoff race in the American League, sitting just half a game ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays for the final wild card spot.
Houston is now tied atop the AL West with the Seattle Mariners, and it has a chance to distance itself from Texas in the division race.
Astros lefty Framber Valdez gets the ball in this game against Rangers right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, who is off the injured list and making his first appearance since July 18. How will Eovaldi fare in his return?
Astros vs. Rangers probable pitchers for Tuesday, Sept. 5
- Astros: Framber Valdez (lefty) – 10-9, 3.38 ERA
- Rangers: Nathan Eovaldi (righty) – 11-3, 2.69 ERA
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Here’s a look at the odds and my best bet for this AL West showdown:
Astros vs. Rangers odds, run line and total
Astros vs. Rangers prediction and pick
Eovaldi was in the midst of one of the best seasons of his career before going down, and he posted a gem against the Astros (seven innings of two-hit ball) back on July 1.
I don’t mind taking a shot on him in this game, especially since Valdez is coming off a brutal month of August.
The Houston ace threw a no-hitter in his first start of the month, but then proceeded to allow six, four, six, zero and four runs in his next five starts. He finished the month with a 4.68 ERA and 4.94 FIP in his final five starts. His season ERA rose from 3.07 after the no-hitter to 3.38.
Eovaldi has just four starts this season where he allowed more than three earned runs, and I think he can compete with Valdez in this game.
If the Texas offense shows up, the Rangers could steal the second game of this series.
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