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Rangers vs. Astros: Picks, predictions, how to watch Saturday’s game

We go over how to watch Saturday’s game between the Rangers and Astros and make some picks.

Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander (35) delivers a pitch against the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Rangers and Houston Astros square off on Saturday with first pitch set for 7:10 p.m. ET. The game takes place at Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX, and will only be available on local TV or through an subscription. Jon Gray (1-1, 5.73 ERA) will step on the mound for the Rangers and will go head-to-head with Justin Verlander (5-1, 1.38 ERA).

After falling in the series opener on Thursday, Texas (18-20) blanked the Astros in a 3-0 shutout last night. Starting pitcher Martin Perez went the full nine innings to pull of the complete-game shutout. On the offensive end, the Rangers were clinging onto a slim 1-0 lead until tacking on two in the top of the eight to establish some cushion.

Houston (25-15) had some bad luck in the loss as they were unable to push across a single run off eight hits. Both Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker went 2-4 in the losing effort. The Astros are trying to maintain their grip on top of the AL West standings as they hold a 1.5 game lead on the Angels.

Rangers vs. Astros

Pitchers: Jon Gray vs. Justin Verlander
First pitch: 7:10 p.m. ET
Rangers local broadcast: Bally Sports Southwest
Astros local broadcast: AT&T SportsNet Southwest
Live stream: (subscription)
Moneyline odds: Astros -235, Rangers +190

Picks & predictions

Moneyline pick: Astros -235

You can almost guarantee an Astros victory when Verlander’s on the bump as he won’t allow too many mistakes. Houston had some bad luck at the plate on Friday and the odds of that happening for a second straight night are low.

Player prop pick: Michael Brantley over 0.5 home runs (+700)

Brantley last homered against the Red Sox this past Tuesday and we’ll predict that he’ll launch one against a vulnerable pitcher like Gray tonight.

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