Astros vs Rangers: Live stream, start time, picks and predictions, how to watch Monday’s game

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The Houston Astros and Texas Rangers face off Monday, April 25 in the first game of a four-game series. The first launch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET. The game takes place at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, and will only be available on local television or through an MLB.tv subscription. The Astros will send Framber Valdez (1-1, 4.50 ERA) to the mound while the Rangers will counter with Dane Dunning (0-1, 5.68 ERA).

Houston (7-8) lost the first two games of its three-game series to the Toronto Blue Jays but managed to earn the win on Sunday. Trailing 7-6 in the 10th inning, Jeremy Pena hit a two-run homer for the win. Looking ahead to this game, Valdez will make his fourth start of the season. In his last outing, he pitched 4.1 innings, allowing eight hits and six earned runs for the loss. Valdez will be looking to bounce back against a struggling Rangers side.

Texas (5-9) managed to bounce back a bit from a poor start by taking two of the Oakland Athletics’ three. They failed to win the sweep as they lost 2-0 on Sunday. They head home to start building momentum on a seven-game homestand. Dunning enters his fourth game of the season trying to clinch his first victory. In his last outing, Dunning pitched four innings and allowed six hits for three earned runs while walking and striking out three.

Astros vs. Rangers

Pitchers: Framber Valdez vs. Dane Dunning
First launch: 8:05 p.m. ET
Astros Local Broadcast: AT&T SportsNet Southwest
Rangers local show: Bally Sports South West
Direct: MLB.tv (subscription)
Moneyline Odds: Houston -130, Texas +110

Choices and predictions

Moneyline choice: Houston-130

This one boils down to the throwing match and the probability of success. There’s a chance second baseman Jose Altuve will be activated for this game, but even if he isn’t, Houston should take him. The Rangers’ roster is well below their expectations to start the year and their pitching staff aren’t much better. Valdez should have a solid outing and the Astros’ roster could play on Dunning as their bats wake up.

Choice of player accessories: Framber Valdez U4.5 strikeouts (+105)

You’re getting a huge value bet under Valdez’s strikeout total on Monday night, especially with positive odds. Reducing pitches is now the norm in MLB, and he threw no more than 84 pitches in his first three starts, recording no more than 3 strikeouts in two of them. The Rangers squad has struck out 7.6 times per game this season, which is fourth-fewest in the league.

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