Texas Rangers vs Houston Astros 10/22/2023 – The American League Championship Series (ALCS) has been nothing but thrilling, and is far from over. Texas Rangers and Houston Astros have engaged in an intense contest as both look to advance to the World Series. Now the action shifts back to Houston, with stakes becoming ever-higher for both teams involved. The Rangers currently find themselves trailing 3-2 and will hope for a breakthrough and force a decisive Game 7.
The Astros, on the other hand, have shown remarkable determination after dropping their opening two games at home. After losing them both they’ve shown remarkable resilience by winning three consecutive games at Arlington Texas Stadium and are just one win away from making history by reaching the World Series. Sunday night’s matchup between Nathan Eovaldi of the Rangers and Framber Valdez of the Astros will be a repeat of Game 2, providing baseball fans with another captivating evening. First pitch is scheduled for 8:03 PM EST; baseball fans should brace themselves for another exciting baseball night! The MLB betting picks today are up and running for bettors to place their bets on their favorite teams.
Texas Rangers vs Houston Astros 10/22/2023
|When:||Sunday, October 22, 2023. 8:03 PM ET|
|Where:||Minute Maid Park|
Series isn’t over yet.
— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) October 21, 2023
As they head back to Houston with a 3-2 deficit in the series, the Texas Rangers may find themselves once again facing elimination. The Rangers have had an unsteady season, leading the AL West Division for most of 2016. But in September they let Seattle Mariners pass them in the standings. The Rangers fell back into third place behind both the Mariners and Astros before mounting an incredible late-season comeback that propelled them back to first, setting up an action-packed final weekend in their division. Unfortunately, they fell at the last hurdle by dropping an essential game that would have secured both division victory and first-round bye in the playoffs – forcing them into wildcard playoffs instead.
After winning seven straight games against the Astros, the Rangers looked poised for a comeback into the World Series when they went up 2-0 against them. Unfortunately, however, their hopes were dashed when they lost games one and two convincingly before rebounding to take a 4-2 lead entering Game 5’s ninth inning but were left reeling by an Astro three-run homer hit just minutes before victory seemed within reach – leaving their dreams crushed as an early three-run homer sent them reeling again and thrust them back against a wall of despair.
Rangers on the Brink of Elimination
The Rangers do have one edge they can count on, however. Right-hander Nathan Eovaldi will take the mound on Sunday night in what should be an epic matchup between teams with Eovaldi’s stellar postseason performances; each start has been quality. Eovaldi has pitched 19.2 innings so far in this postseason, giving up only 16 hits while posting an outstanding 2.29 ERA and strikeout ratio of 11.0-per-9 rate; his WHIP stands at 0.86.
Eovaldi pitched six innings against the Astros in Game 2, giving up just five hits and three runs – two coming via homers – before going six innings all postseason long, an essential quality in an important matchup such as this.
Houston Astros had to overcome adversity after losing the first two games at home but were unfazed, rallying brilliantly in impressive fashion to salvage a win. As the AL’s top road team, they took it to Arlington with 18 runs scored in three innings – even drawing even in the series at two wins each – before Jose Altuve produced one of his signature playoff performances in Game 5. Altuve made history for Houston by smashing a three-run homer to spark their incredible comeback against the White Sox and claim a thrilling 5-4 win, turning closer Ryan Pressly into a hero as he pitched two scoreless innings and struck out three batters to close it out and preserve their comeback win. They return home now with another chance at reaching the World Series; something they have accomplished four times out of seven seasons!
As the Astros look to win Game 6 at home and secure their ALCS spot, Framber Valdez, their veteran playoff pitcher will be key. Although Valdez boasts an impressive 7-4 overall playoff record, this year has presented unique challenges; winless in two starts with an alarming 11.57 ERA; allowed nine runs in just seven innings; boasted an impressive K/9 rate (14.1), yet had an unfavorable WHIP (2.47) which highlights his struggle for consistency.
Rangers to Bank on Key Players
Statistics-wise, the Texas Rangers have seen some exceptional performers during this postseason. Corey Seager leads with a.333 batting average and boasts team highs with 12 hits while maintaining an on-base percentage of.489. Adolis Garcia stands out as their power hitter with four homers and 11 RBIs; their offensive capabilities are further displayed by maintaining a.254 average and slugging percentage of.450 respectively. Nathan Eovaldi has been nothing but exceptional so far this postseason with three successful starts which has resulted in no less than three perfect starts from him; therefore Game 5 will lean on Nathan Eovaldi who boasts a perfect 3-0 record across three starts!
Houston Astros star performer Yordan Alvarez has been outstanding so far during this postseason, leading his team with an astonishing.417 batting average and amassing six homers, 13 RBIs, 15 hits and an on-base percentage of.450 (he also leads all categories). Overall, their team maintains a.250 average and impressive slugging percentage. Framber Valdez will look to restore his form after an eventful postseason run in Game 6 for Houston.
Texas are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games.
Rangers are 3-10 SU in their last 13 games against Houston.
Texas are 6-0 SU in their last 6 games on the road.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas’ last 7 games when playing on the road against Houston.
Texas are 8-4 SU in their last 12 games against an opponent in the American League.
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Texas’ last 8 games played on a Sunday.
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston’s last 9 games.
Houston are 10-3 SU in their last 13 games.
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Houston’s last 9 games against Texas.
Houston are 1-6 SU in their last 7 games at home.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston’s last 7 games when playing at home against Texas.
Houston are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games against an opponent in the American League.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston’s last 6 games against an opponent in the American League West Division
Texas Rangers vs Houston Astros Betting Picks
The situation is fluid in this series, and while the Astros may appear to have taken the upper hand with recent victories, anything is still possible in an unpredictable series like this one. The Rangers have shown they are capable of responding, and in such an unpredictably fluid matchup, anything is conceivable. As the series nears a crescendo, fans and bettors alike are searching for clues to make predictions on the game’s outcome. While momentum might favor the Houston Astros, betting on total runs scored might be smart using a sports betting app.
The Rangers and Astros have met at Houston five out of the last seven times they played, and five out of nine overall meetings between these AL West rivals. Each game in this series has seen total runs surpass the betting line – making for an exciting series where both sides want victory! Sunday night’s Game 6 should provide plenty of action. The ALCS betting picks are intact for the Astros to win this game.
Score Prediction: Astros 7, Rangers 5.