|MLB | Aug 28, 2014
Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros
-143 at 5DIMES
1* Free Play Astros.
The visiting Texas Rangers will have Nick Tepesch (4-8, 4.45 ERA) toeing the rubber tonight; Tepesch gave up six earned runs in 6 1/3 innings on Saturday in a loss to the Royals. Note that Tepesch has just two wins since the beginning of June and is only 2-4 with a pedestrian 4.97 ERA in all road starts to date. The home side counters with Collin McHugh (6-9, 3.02 ERA) who is coming off a very solid stretch of pitching, the right-hander has allowed two runs or less in six of his last seven starts and has won two of his last three overall. I think this sets up as a natural letdown spot for the last place Rangers after their massive offensive output in Seattle yesterday. Note that the Astros have taken four of six from the Rangers when hosting this matchup this season; also note that Texas is just 28-40 away from friendly confines this year. McHugh gets the nod on the bump, I think that’s enough to warrant a second look at the home side in this matchup.