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Astros vs. Rangers 2023 MLB ALCS Game 3 Odds and Preview

By Hank Blaine

On Wednesday, the Houston Astros head to Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas for Game 3 versus the AL West rival Texas Rangers in this year’s ALCS. If the Stros hope to repeat their 2022 World Series victory, they must get going in a hurry. Entering the game, the Houston Astros are 0-2 in the series. Houston can’t expect to dig themselves out of am 0-3 hole. Will the Stros pick it up enough on Wednesday to cut the Rangers’ lead to 1-1? Or will Texas send the Astros a step closer to elimination? Check out 2023 ALCS MLB odds, analysis, and a free pick for Game 3 of Astros vs. Rangers.

Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers 2023 MLB ALCS Game 3 Information

  • When: Wednesday, October 18, 2023, 8:03 PM ET
  • Where: Globe Life Field, Arlington, TX
  • TV: FS1
  • Radio: SportsTalk 790 (Astros) // 105.3 The Fan (Rangers)
  • Live Stream: MLB.tv
  • MLB Odds: Astros (+109) // Rangers (-133)

Why bet on the Houston Astros?

The Stros required a massive late season run to overtake the Rangers and win the AL West Division, which shows that Houston thrives under pressure.

When the Astros are in desperation mode, and they will be on Wednesday, the team is difficult to beat.

The other reason to like Houston Wednesday is that Christian Javier steps to the mound. Nicknamed El Reptil, Javier is close to unhittable in October. In 15 postseason appearances, Javier has a 5-1 record, a 1.91 ERA and a 57-to-21 K-to-BB ratio.

Why bet on the Texas Rangers?

The Rangers understand that if they can solve the Christian Javier riddle, they’d be on the cusp of a World Series berth. Texas played excellent baseball in the first two games.

We shouldn’t expect anything less on Wednesday. Also important is the fact this happens on the Rangers’ diamond and Texas starts future hall of famer Max Scherzer. If any pitcher can counter Javier, it’s Scherzer.

Astros vs. Rangers Betting Trends

  • Houston is 7-3 SU in the last 10 games.
  • Astros are 6-0 SU in their last 6 games on the road.
  • he total went over in 4 of Houston’s last 6 games.
  • Texas is 7-0 SU in the last 7 games.
  • Rangers are 6-0 SU in their last 6 games at home.
  • The total went over in 5 of Texas’ last 6 games against Houston.

Astros vs. Rangers 2023 MLB ALCS Game 3 Betting Prediction

Texas has played well enough for a 2-0 series lead. However, we should take a closer look at the Game 2 win before declaring the Rangers the winner of Game 3.

The Astros gave up 4 runs due to an error. The Rangers beat Houston 5-4. So without that error, the Stros may have won the contest.

In any case, Texas hands the ball to Scherzer hoping he can lead them to a 3-0 American League Championship Series lead. Scherzer, for sure, is capable. But Max hasn’t thrown competitively since September 12.

Also, Scherzer has had a subpar season compared to his past seasons, going 13-6 with a 3.77 ERA. Max will throw okay, but okay may not cut it.

On the other side, Christian Javier thrives in October. The money line has begun to take action on the Stros. So if you think like us, that Houston gets to Scherzer and Javier dominates the Rangers lineup, jump on the +115 as soon as you can.

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*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.