Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Texas Rangers Free Preview

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The Arizona Diamondbacks are ready to play the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park. Fox Sports Arizona will televise this interleague matchup and the action gets underway at 8:05 p.m. ET.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Texas Rangers Odds

Oddsmakers have listed Arizona (-165) as the favorite over Texas (+155). Bettors are able to gamble on the game’s total with odds sitting at -120 for over 10 runs and even money (+100) for under 10. Bettors can also wager on the game’s runline with the most recent odds sitting at Diamondbacks -1.5 runs (-115) and Rangers +1.5 runs (-105).

The Rangers are 60-60 against the spread (ATS), but only 53-68 straight up (SU). They’ve lost 2.0 units for moneyline bettors and 3.3 units (ATS). Texas has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven. The Diamondbacks have gone 65-55 SU this year and are 60-59 ATS. In total, the team’s accumulated 3.5 units for moneyline bettors and 6.3 units ATS. Arizona has covered the spread just twice over its last seven games and the total has gone under in five of those seven.

Neither team has been a strong over/under play this year. Rangers games have had an over/under record of 57-55-8 in 2018. Arizona has an over/under record of 56-58-5.

The left-handed Patrick Corbin will get the nod for Arizona. Corbin is 9-4 with a 3.09 ERA and 183 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Rangers this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Rangers are handing the ball to righty Yovani Gallardo (7-1, 6.11 ERA), who has 32 strikeouts and 26 walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.55. Gallardo did not record a start against the Diamondbacks in 2017.

Arizona’s pitchers have allowed 3.9 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.87 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 9.30 K/9. The bullpen has managed a solid ERA of just 3.13, along with a K-per-9 of 7.87.

The Diamondbacks offense has slashed .238/.316/.403 on its way to 4.5 runs scored per game this season, including 4.3 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 4.2 per game over the team’s last five outings (2-3 SU).

Arizona’s offense has been sparked by left fielder David Peralta and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, who have combined to swat 47 home runs. Peralta is slashing .302/.358/.527 with 21 home runs, 61 RBIs and 59 runs scored, while Goldschmidt (.283/.389/.531) has produced 26 homers, 64 RBIs and 74 runs scored.

In the other dugout, Texas’ pitchers have allowed 5.3 runs per game overall this year. The team’s starting pitching staff has an ERA of 5.36, a WHIP of 1.44 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 6.3. The bullpen has a 4.16 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 8.1 K/9.

Texas’ offense is putting up 4.8 runs per outing, including 5.9 per game over its last 10 games and 5.0 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .240/.340/.415 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

Shin-soo Choo and Nomar Mazara have led the Rangers’ offense this year. Choo is slashing .275/.390/.474 with 20 home runs, 56 RBIs and 68 runs scored, and Mazara’s line sits at .272/.332/.450 with 15 homers, 58 RBIs and 46 runs scored.

The Diamondbacks have gained 2.9 units and are 41-36 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in 37 of those games, compared to 38 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Rangers have netted 0.3 units and are 19-19 ATS when facing a lefty starter. The over has hit in 21 of those games, compared to 13 that’ve gone under.

Arizona Diamondbacks at Texas Rangers Free MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Diamondbacks, ATS Winner – Diamondbacks, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • Arizona has recorded 20 extra-base hits over its last five outings. Texas has 16 XBH over its last five.
  • Arizona has posted 22.3 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 games and 20.6 over its last five.
  • The Diamondbacks have hit 15 home runs in their last 10 games. The Rangers have hit 14 over their last 10.