Jordan Montgomery starts for the Rangers against Justin Verlander of the Astros. These AL West rivals battled all season to determine a division title. The threat of a late-season meeting made the battle for home turf worth it. In total, thirteen matches in the regular season, these teams have expectations from each other. This Rangers vs. Astros comes down to setup, tuning and running.
Chances of playing and betting
963 Texas Rangers (+117) v. 964 Houston Astros Mariners (-141); o/u 8.5
8:15 PM ET, Sunday, October 15, 2023
Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX
Rangers vs. Astros General MLB betting information
At the time of writing MLB’s public betting page The Spread shows that 59% of money bets are placed on the Astros.
Texas Rangers DFS Spin
Jordan Montgomery He has pitched a total of eleven innings in two postseason games. In the playoffs he held a 3.2 ERA, gave up fifteen hits and struck out seven. In both games he has played, one against Tampa and the other against Baltimore, the Rangers have won. Jordan must continue to step up his game while Max Scherzer is still out. His presence is crucial for a competitive Rangers team.
Houston Astros DFS Spin
Justin Verlander Played one game against the Twins in the ALDS. He went six innings and gave up four hits, six strikeouts, three walks and no runs. The veteran showed sobriety and execution. With enough rest this deep into the playoffs, expect another strong start. Keep an eye on him as the series lengthens and the rotation shortens.
Rangers vs. Astros MLB betting Trends
Astros are 4-1 in their last 5 games.
The total has ended in 45 of the Astros’ last 81 games at home
The Rangers are 42-39 against the spread in their road games
Texas is 2-3 in their last 5 games
Rangers vs. Astros MLB betting predictions
Verlander got off to a quality start against Minnesota in his first game of the postseason, so it’s hard to pick against him until he shows more weakness. The combination of Verlander’s pitch, the Astros’ home field, and the ability to look at the Rangers and flash the division title has me leaning toward Houston in Game 1. The Rangers are a good team that can win this series. Until I see the Rangers prove their ability to win this series, though, Houston will be the pick.
Rangers vs. Astros Game 1 Prediction: HOUSTON ASTROS -142