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baseball | Tuesday, April 26, 2022 8:09 AM (Revised at: Tuesday, April 26, 2022 8:03 PM)

MLB Best Bet: Tuesday, April 26th

MLB Best Bet: Tuesday, April 26th
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The Texas Rangers will play host to their In-State rivals for game 2 of their 4-game set against the Houston Astros on Tuesday night. Our resident baseball expert Ej Garr demands our readers make a play on the home side for this affair at Globe Life Field in Arlington, TX.

MLB Best Bet: Tuesday, April 26th

  • Texas vs Houston: Rangers to Win – OT Included (2.04)

Odds as of 10 am April 26th, 2022. Odds may now differ.

Texas vs Houston Best Bet

April 27th, 01:05 (UK time)

That’s right, I am insisting that you make a play on the lowly Texas Rangers because the Astros’ offence has been offensive lately if you get my drift.

First, let’s start with the results from the first game that these two played on Monday night to open the 4-game set. The Rangers came away with a 6 – 2 win because the lack of Jose Altuve in this Houston lineup is making it hard for the Astros to find any sense of scoring. I could recap the game to death because I sat here and watched it, and I just can’t see the Astros bats coming alive after seeing it myself again.

Now, let’s move to what we can expect to happen with Jake Odorizzi and Taylor Hearn taking the same mound at Globe Life. I honestly thought the offer on this total would begin at 10 and the oddsmakers might make some adjustments as the action comes in. I believe that because the Astros struggled again on Monday to score that the line setters just can’t push the number far past 9 on this total but let’s think about a play on Texas here for game 2 on Tuesday night.

Jake Odorizzi is similar to a gas can. Don’t light a match near him because you might catch the entire place on fire and leave everything behind in ashes. For baseball purists, you know what I mean when I call a pitcher a gas can and it generally means the dude is about to get lit up!

Odorizzi has actually walked more batters than he has struck out (7/6) and that 2.56 WHIP is totally unacceptable for a starting pitcher.

In Odorizzi’s last start against the Angels, he surrendered 6 runs, 3 of which were earned as he didn’t get out of the first inning. Now, he gets to follow up that effort with the Texas bats? Oh, baby!

Taylor Hearn is sporting a 7.59 ERA and he has yet to make it past the 4th inning of any of his 3 starts to begin the 2022 campaign. Last time out against Seattle, he got jacked up twice by the Mariner bats and gave up 5 earned in 3 IP with a 4/4 K to BB ratio. 

I thought about looking into how Odorizzi did against Texas last season and, of course, he pitched more than well but that was a totally different lineup than the one he is facing tonight.

 We all know that Texas brought in a couple of heavy bats to add some strength to an offence that needed the support badly. Going into this 4-game series, the Rangers rank 6th in MLB putting up 4.88 runs per game. The Rangers’ offence is not the reason for the 5 – 10 record, it’s the lack of pitching and some bad defence that has attributed to the losses.

However, one of those big bats, Marcus Simien, hasn’t really provided much of a spark in his new uniform outside of a handful of doubles and RBIs. His .183 average and 13 Ks obviously need to be addressed but he will keep getting ABs. Corey Seager has teams scared to even pitch to him, as we already saw him get intentionally walked with the bases loaded earlier this season.

The Rangers rank 30th in MLB allowing 1.65 HRs an outing, and the .805 OPS also puts this team in the 30th position in that category. Just feel free to look across all of the pitching stats for Texas and know that you can find them at or near the bottom of your search.

With that said, however, Houston just cannot find a lick of consistency since Altuve went down to injury and the Astros have scored 3 runs or less in 6 of their last 8 games after Monday’s 6 – 2 defeat. I think the starting pitching matchup is a wash because they both are terrible and the only offence I can trust tonight is the team in the home dugout.

  • Selection: Rangers to Win – OT Included
  • Best odds: 2.04 (Pinnacle)
  • Stakes 4/10

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