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Astros' Greinke returns from the COVID-19 IL to face the Rangers

by Mike Spector | Astros Correspondent |
Tue, Sep 14th 8:30am EDT

Houston Astros starting pitcher Zack Greinke (11-5, 3.66) takes the mound for his first start since August 29 after being placed on the COVID-19 IL. He faces the Texas Rangers in the second game of their four-game series tonight.

Betting Impact:

The Astros are -225 moneyline road favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. In his last start before going on the I.L., Greinke was tagged for six runs on nine hits over four innings against tonight’s opponent, the Rangers. Greinke is just 2-4 with a 3.21 ERA in eight career appearances (seven starts) on the road at Texas. Jordan Lyles (8-11, 5.43) takes the mound for Texas. Lyles has not beaten the Astros since 2019 and has pitched to a 4.81 ERA in seven career appearances (five starts) against them. Lyles has allowed the highest OPS (.854) of any qualified starting pitcher this season, and his 5.43 ERA is the second-highest. The over is 4-0 in Lyles’ last four starts against teams with a winning record and is 5-1 in his previous six starts as an underdog. Texas is a surprising 6-2 in their last eight games. In addition, the over is 9-3-2 in their previous 14 meetings against the Astros at home.

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