The Texas Rangers will look to regain the edge in their American League Championship Series with the Houston Astros when they meet in Game 5 on Friday. This 2023 MLB playoffs series is tied 2-2 after Houston’s 10-3 win on Thursday. The Astros (90-72), who were the AL West champions, have won two straight after losing the first two games at home. The Rangers (90-72), who tied for first in the AL West but were relegated to the Wild Card due to the tiebreaker, are looking to reach the World Series for the first time since back-to-back trips in 2010 and 2011. Houston is looking to reach its third consecutive World Series after winning it last season.
First pitch is set for 5:07 p.m. ET from Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers lead the all-time series 136-134 and hold a 70-65 edge in games at home. Texas is a -114 favorite on the money line (risk $114 to win $100) in the latest Astros vs. Rangers odds from SportsLine consensus, while the total number of runs Vegas thinks will be scored, or the over-under, is 9. Before making any Rangers vs. Astros picks, be sure to check out the latest MLB predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.
The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every MLB game 10,000 times. It went 331-285 on top-rated MLB money-line picks (+357) over the past two seasons. It entered the NLCS and ALCS of the 2023 MLB playoffs 93-74 on all top-rated MLB picks this season and has excelled on top-rated run-line picks, going 18-6 (+766). Anybody following has seen big returns.
Now, the model has set its sights on Astros vs. Rangers and revealed its coveted picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s MLB picks. Here are several MLB odds and trends for Astros vs. Rangers:
- Astros vs. Rangers money line: Houston -106, Texas -114
- Astros vs. Rangers over-under: 9 runs
- Astros vs. Rangers run line: Texas +1.5 (-189)
- HOU: The Astros have won seven of the past 10 games
- TEX: The Rangers are 51-33 at home this season, including the postseason
- Astros vs. Rangers picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why you should back the Rangers
Left-handed pitcher Jordan Montgomery (10-11, 3.20 ERA) will take the mound for Texas. He has been sharp this postseason, going 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA with two walks and 13 strikeouts. In Sunday’s 2-0 win in Game 1, Montgomery pitched 6.1 innings, allowing just five hits and one walk, while striking out six. In the Wild Card round, he picked up a 4-0 win at Tampa Bay, pitching seven innings and allowing six hits, while striking out five. He was acquired at the trade deadline from the St. Louis Cardinals and has been solid. In 11 regular season games with Texas, he pitched 67.2 innings while striking out 58 and posting a 4-2 record with a 2.79 ERA.
Shortstop Corey Seager continues to boost the Texas offense. He was 2-for-4 with a homer on Thursday and has three multi-hit games this postseason. In nine playoff games, Seager is batting .355 with a .556 slugging percentage to go with three doubles and two home runs. He was among the team’s top hitters during the regular season, batting .327 with 33 homers, 96 RBI and 88 runs scored. See which team to pick here.
Why you should back the Astros
Veteran right handed pitcher Justin Verlander (13-8, 3.22 ERA) will get the ball for Houston. Acquired from the New York Mets at the trade deadline, he has been sharp. In 11 regular season games with Houston, Verlander went 7-3 with a 3.31 ERA. He has a 1-1 record with a 1.42 ERA in the postseason, with a win over Minnesota in the ALDS and a 2-0 loss in Game 1 of the ALCS to the Rangers. He went 6.2 innings in that game, allowing just six hits and two earned runs with two walks and five strikeouts.
Designated hitter Yordan Alvarez continues to come up big when he is needed the most. In Thursday’s win, Alvarez was 2-for-4 with three RBI. It was his fifth multi-hit game in eight playoff games and third two-hit game in a row. In eight postseason games, Alvarez is batting .419 with two doubles and six home runs. In 114 regular-season games, he hit .293 with 31 homers and 97 RBI. See which team to pick here.
How to make Astros vs. Rangers picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning Over on the run total, projecting 9.6 combined runs. It also says one side of the money line has all the value. You can only get the model’s MLB picks and analysis at SportsLine.
So who wins Game 5 of Astros vs. Rangers, and which side of the money line has all the value? Visit SportsLine now to see which side you need to jump on, all from the model that has gone 93-74 on its top-rated MLB picks, and find out.