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Astros vs. Rangers 2023 MLB ALCS Game 4 Odds and Preview

By Hank Blaine

On Wednesday night, Christian Javier provided another terrific performance to help the Houston Astros cut the Texas Rangers’ ALCS lead from 2 games to 1. The Stros head into Thursday night’s Game 4 with momentum. Will Houston once again take the Rangers to task and even the series? Or will Texas grab a commanding 3 games to 1 lead? Check out MLBA ALCS baseball odds, analysis, and a free pick for Astros at Rangers.

Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers 2023 MLB ALCS Game 4 Information

  • When: Thursday, October 19, 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 (+101) // Rangers (-118)

Why bet on the Houston Astros?

Houston listed starter Jose Urquidy went just 3-3 with a 5.29 ERA during the regular season. Urquidy for sure didn’t have the season he expected to have.

However, in his last couple of starts, Jose picked it up. He played his way into his best form with a Sep 29 performance that lasted 6 innings and where he gave up 2 hits and struck out 2 versus NLCS participant Arizona.

Then in his lone postseason start, Urquidy threw great against the Twins with a 5.2 innings, 3 hit and 2 earned runs performance that included 6 strikeouts.

Why bet on the Texas Rangers?

The Rangers counter Urquidy with former Angels player Andrew Heaney. Heaney had a decent season going 10-6 and posting a 4.15.

Heaney also struck out 151 batters. During his career, Heaney has held the Stros to a .263 batting average. It’s important to note that Heaney has faced Houston batters close to 180 times.

So the .263 average is legit. Houston has hit just 9 home runs in those 179 at-bats. In his last couple of starts, Heaney has allowed 7 hits and 1 earned run in a combined 7.2 innings.

Astros vs. Rangers Betting Trends

  • Houston is 8-3 SU in their last 11 games.
  • Astros are 7-0 SU in their last 7 games on the road.
  • he total went over in 5 of Houston’s last 7 games.
  • Texas is 7-1 SU in their last 8 games.
  • Rangers are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games at home.
  • The total went over in 6 of Texas’ last 7 games against Houston.

Astros vs. Rangers 2023 MLB ALCS Game 4 Betting Prediction

These teams know each other so well that it will be difficult for either pitcher to keep a clean sheet. In that sense, we must back Joe Urquidy and the Houston Astros.

Urquidy has thrown his way into his best form. In the win over the Twins, Jose threw great. Not only that, but he lasted for more than 5 innings, which allowed manager Dusty Baker to make the necessary moves to ensure a Stros’ victory.

Andrew Heaney lasted just 3.2 innings against the Baltimore Orioles in his last performance. That tells us Rangers manager Bruce Bochy yanked Heaney after he got into some trouble.

If Bochy has to take out Heaney early again, Yordan Alvarez and Jose Altuve, who beat up Max Scherzer and the Rangers’ bullpen in Wednesday’s win, should go off again.

Texas has a big shot to go up 3 games to 1, but Heaney is not in good form. Urquidy often steps it up in the postseason. Expect Houston to even the series with another multiple run victory.

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