As the Rangers mind their loose ends in advance of the postseason, small victories take on greater significance with the American League West title.
On Monday night, the Rangers parlayed three strong performances from a trio of vital relief pitchers into a 4-3, 12-inning victory over the fading Astros.
Before left-hander Jake Diekman recorded his fourth save with a perfect 12th inning, right-handers Matt Bush and Keone Kela combined to work 3 2/3 scoreless innings to help Texas (86-59) overcome the fifth blown save from closer Sam Dyson.
The Rangers have built their dominance over Houston in the American League West during the last two seasons on the uncanny ability to beat their rival in one-run games.
The Rangers are 14-3 overall against Houston this season and lead the third-place Astros by 10 ½ games. The Rangers are 7-1 in one-run decisions against the Astros.
(The season series has made the difference in the West. The clubs are almost equal in all other games: the Rangers are 72-56; Houston at 72-55.)
Since May 1, 2015, the Rangers are 26-7 against Houston. In that overwhelming span, the Rangers are 12-2 in one-run decisions.
Hinch believes in the law of averages, which says at some point these games will start going the Astros’ way.
The Texas Rangers have dominated the Houston Astros this season, and they’ll have an opportunity to put another W in the win column on Tuesday.
Let’s have a look at some stats of previous games.
The total has gone UNDER in six of the Astros’ last seven games at home.
The Rangers are 12-5 SU in their last 17 games after winning as an underdog.
The Astros are 1-6 SU in their last seven games at home with Brad Peacock as the starting pitcher.
A.J. Griffin and Brad Peacock will get the nod for the Rangers and Astros, respectively. Griffin (7-4, 4.92 ERA) is 5-0 with a 4.54 ERA in six career starts against the ’Stros. He’s struggled with the long ball lately, giving up 14 blasts over his last seven outings after allowing 10 in his first 13 starts.
Peacock (0-0, 3.38) is 1-3 with a 3.76 ERA in five career appearances against the Rangers and has particularly struggled against Adrian Beltre, as the slugger is 4-for-10 with two homers against Peacock in his career.
The Rangers, who opened as +107 underdogs, are 11-1 SU and ATS in their last 12 games when tabbed as pups against the Astros.
Most bookies opened the Houston Astros as -125 moneyline favorites in this matchup. Over under total bettors saw the number open at 9.5.
This game matches up the No. 20 (Houston Astros) and the No. 13 (Texas Rangers) teams, according to our current MLB Power Rankings. For over 16 years we have been leading with the best selection of perks and bets to make this your number one entertainment site, and we keep getting better every day! sign up now at Heritagesports.eu