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MLB Predictions: Are the Rangers a good underdog bet vs. Astros? 3/29/18

02 April 2018, 11:03 | Kristopher Drake

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Oct 20 2017 Houston TX USA Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander delivers during the first inning in game six of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series against the New York Yankees at Minute Maid Park

It was the 100th home run in the brief but decorated career of the reigning World Series MVP.

Verlander, Hamels start Astros-Rangers openerAP Photo NY169, NY168Eds: With AP Photos. Cole Hamels, who has become the de facto ace of this team, will get a chance to measure up against one of the most risky lineups in the majors.

Keuchel, who helped lead the Astros to the World Series in 2017, will face newly signed Doug Fister of the Rangers in the evening matchup.

There are a lot of questions surrounding the Texas Rangers this season. While it might seem like the Rangers have a steep hill to climb, the team won division titles in 2015-2016.

"A relentless style of baseball that puts pressure on the other team", Banister said. "Don't care who gets credit, it's an all-in Texas mentality". Rangers Hall of Fame broadcaster Eric Nadel's call of the game is available, as always, from MLB's At Bat app, as long as you're willing to fork over $4 a month for a subscription. But that's the beauty of Opening Day: Every team can pretend otherwise.

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This is the third time the Rangers play an opener at home against the World Series champions but the first at their current ballpark. The Astros mostly remain the same from last year's team, with a season of high hopes, with a full season with Justin Verlander on the bump and the acquisition of former all-star starting pitcher Gerrit Cole from the Pittsburgh Pirates, in addition to lefty Dallas Keuchel, gives Houston one of the most lethal starting rotations in the majors.

Denard Span hit a three-run triple off Carson Smith with two outs in the eighth inning as Tampa Bay earned a comeback victory against visiting Boston.

Today marks one of the last times the Texas Rangers will open their season at Globe Life Park-barring delays, the retractable-roofed $1 billion new Globe Life Field is expected to be ready in 2020.

The Rangers aren't going to be great, but they could be good enough. "So what we have at stake is some really fun, competitive baseball, and that's something to look forward to for the whole season".



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