Start Time: September 25 2017, 8:05 PM
The Houston Astros have already clinched the division, but they’re still trying to catch Cleveland for the best record in the American League. The Rangers meanwhile need to sweep Astros to have postseason chance, but I think they’ll take a loss already here in the first game of the series.
The Astros hand the ball to Collin McHugh (3-2, 3.44 ERA) who has been lights-out of late. He’s coming off a 3-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, when he allowed one run on five hits in five innings to improve to 3-0 with a 1.82 ERA over his last five starts. The Astros are a sensational 31-6 in McHugh’s last 37 starts vs. American League West opponents.
Texas turns to Andrew Cashner (10-10, 3.44 ERA) who has been tagged with eight runs on 12 hits and eight walks in 10 1/3 innings through his last two starts. He’s 1-4 with a 4.06 ERA in five starts against Houston on the season.
The Astros are 6-2 in McHugh’s last eight starts against Texas, and this looks like a good spot to back the visitors.
My free pick is on the Houston Astros.
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