Astros vs. Rangers Prediction, Betting Tips & Picks 5/20/2022

by | May 20, 2022

The Houston Astros (25-14) and Jose Altuve (four hits last time out) are favored (-178) on the moneyline for their matchup with the Texas Rangers (17-20) on Friday at 8:10 PM ET. Houston’s Cristian Javier and Texas’ Martin Perez have been named the starters for this contest.

Astros vs. Rangers Spread and Betting Line

Astros vs Rangers Betting Information
Favorite Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds
Astros -178 +152 8 -117 -103 -1.5 +114 -136

Computer Predictions for Astros vs. Rangers

Our computer pick: Texas Rangers (+152) and Over (8)

Astros vs. Rangers Game Info

  • Houston Astros probable starting pitcher: Cristian Javier
  • Texas Rangers probable starting pitcher: Martín Pérez
  • Game Day: Friday, May 20, 2022
  • Game Time: 8:10 PM ET
  • Location: Houston, Texas
  • Stadium: Minute Maid Park

Houston Astros vs Texas Rangers Pitching Matchup

Javier Pérez
3 GS 7
2-1 W-L 2-2
3.20 ERA 2.01
25.1 IP 40.1
9 BB 11
30 SO 33

Astros Starter Cristian Javier

  • Javier (2-1 with a 3.20 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 25 1/3 innings pitched) makes the start for the Astros, his fourth of the season.
  • The righty last pitched on Saturday against the Washington Nationals, when he threw 3 2/3 innings, allowing seven earned runs while giving up eight hits.
  • In seven games this season, the 25-year-old has a 3.20 ERA and 10.7 strikeouts per nine innings, while giving up a batting average of .211 to opposing hitters.
  • He will face a Rangers offense that ranks 17th in the league with 155 runs while batting .221 as a squad. It has a collective .355 slugging percentage (21st in MLB action) and has hit a total of 39 home runs (11th in MLB).
  • Javier has a 3.60 ERA and a 1.200 WHIP against the Rangers this season in five innings pitched, allowing a .222 batting average over one appearance.

Rangers Starter Martín Pérez

  • Perez (2-2) will take the mound for the Rangers, his eighth start of the season.
  • The left-hander last pitched on Sunday, when he gave up one earned run and allowed five hits in six innings against the Boston Red Sox.
  • The 31-year-old has pitched in seven games this season with an ERA of 2.01, a 3 strikeout to walk ratio and a WHIP of 1.017.
  • If he completes six or more innings with three or fewer earned runs allowed, he’ll earn his sixth quality start in a row.
  • Pérez will look to pitch five or more innings for the sixth start in a row.
  • The Astros rank ninth in MLB with 173 runs scored this season. They have a .231 batting average this campaign with 56 home runs (first in the league).
  • The Astros have gone 2-for-23 with a double and an RBI in one game against the left-hander this season.
  • The 31-year-old ranks sixth in ERA (2.01), 15th in WHIP (1.017), and 40th in K/9 (7.4) among qualified pitchers in the majors this season.

Astros Betting Picks & Insights

  • The Astros have won 21, or 72.4%, of the 29 games they’ve played as favorites this season.
  • Houston is 6-1 this season when entering a game favored by -178 or more on the moneyline.
  • The moneyline for this contest implies a 64% chance of a victory for the Astros.
  • Games involving Houston have gone over the total set by oddsmakers in 11 of 39 chances this season.
  • The Astros have an ATS record of 21-18-0 in 39 games with a spread this season.

Rangers Betting Picks & Insights

  • The Rangers have been victorious in 13, or 48.1%, of the 27 contests they have been chosen as underdogs in this season.
  • This season, Texas has been victorious four times in eight chances when named as an underdog of at least +152 or longer on the moneyline.
  • Bookmakers have implied with the moneyline set for this matchup that the Rangers have a 39.7% chance of pulling out a win.
  • Texas and their opponents have hit the over in 17 of their 37 games with a total set by oddsmakers this season.
  • The Rangers are 22-15-0 against the spread in their 37 games with a line set by sportsbooks this season.

Astros Leaders & Batting Stats

  • Yordan Alvarez paces the Astros with 12 home runs.
  • Alvarez’s home runs put him second in MLB, and he ranks 25th in RBI.
  • Kyle Tucker has been productive as he paces his team with 26 RBI.
  • Among all MLB hitters, Tucker is 25th in homers and 15th in RBI.
  • Alex Bregman is hitting .223 with nine doubles, five home runs and 24 walks.
  • Michael Brantley has a club-high .285 batting average.
  • Brantley is riding an eight-game hitting streak into this one. During his last 10 outings he is batting .297 with four doubles, a triple, a home run, seven walks and six RBI.
Name GP BA OBP SLG HR RBI H
Yordan Alvarez 34 .248 .357 .570 12 22 30
Kyle Tucker 38 .248 .348 .451 7 26 33
Alex Bregman 38 .223 .346 .408 5 22 29
Michael Brantley 33 .285 .354 .431 3 15 37
Jeremy Pena 33 .276 .338 .517 7 21 32

Rangers Leaders & Batting Stats

  • Corey Seager paces the Rangers with eight homers while racking up a team-leading batting average of .245.
  • Seager’s home run total places him 16th in MLB, and he ranks 61st in RBI.
  • Seager brings a hitting streak of six games into this game. In his last 10 games he is batting .286 with a double, four home runs, seven walks and seven RBI.
  • Adolis Garcia has driven in the most runs for the Rangers with 24 runs batted in.
  • Garcia ranks 40th overall in home runs and 17th in RBI this year.
  • Jonah Heim is batting .297 with five doubles, four home runs and 10 walks.
  • Brad Miller is batting .211 with a double, six home runs and six walks.
Name GP BA OBP SLG HR RBI H
Corey Seager 36 .245 .321 .432 8 19 34
Adolis García 36 .210 .265 .413 6 24 29
Jonah Heim 24 .297 .381 .527 4 14 22
Brad Miller 32 .211 .258 .422 6 18 19
Kole Calhoun 35 .243 .295 .437 5 13 25

Betting Tips for Astros vs. Rangers

Our best bet is the Rangers on the moneyline at +152 after looking at all of the key trends and statistics for this matchup. Our computer projects the scoring will over the total of 8 runs.

Sign up for a FREE Consultation to start working with Legendary Sports Bettor Jon Price

  • Sign Up for a FREE CONSULTATION

    Sign up now to have a free consultation and see how Jon Price and his team can turn sports into a lucrative investment for you!

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

The leading sports investment firm in the country