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The Colorado Rockies are making a road trip to Arlington to take on the Rangers at Globe Life Park. This interleague matchup begins at 8:05 p.m. ET and you can watch the game on ATRM and FSSW.

Colorado Rockies at Texas Rangers Odds

Oddsmakers have listed Texas (+100) as the underdog to Colorado (-110). Bettors can wager on the game’s total with odds sitting at -120 for over 10.5 runs and +100 for under 10.5. Gamblers can also bet on the game’s runline with the current odds standing at +135 for the Rockies -1.5 runs and -155 for the Rangers +1.5 runs.

The Rockies have gone 33-35 SU this year and are 32-35 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 1.4 units for gamblers taking the moneyline and 2.8 units ATS. Colorado is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the total has gone over in six of those seven. The Rangers, on the other hand, are 27-43 SU and 31-39 ATS. They’ve lost 6.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 14.3 units ATS. Texas has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven.

Neither team has positioned itself as an obvious over/under play this year. Texas games have an over/under record of 32-33-5 so far in 2018. Colorado has an over/under record of 31-33-3.

Chad Bettis will get the nod for the visiting Rockies. The right-handed Bettis is 4-1 with a 4.40 ERA and 53 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Rangers this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Rangers are sending lefty Yohander Mendez (0-0, 0.00 ERA) to the mound. Mendez has zero strikeouts and zero walks to his credit, as well as a 1.50 WHIP. Mendez did not record a start against the Rockies in 2017.

Texas’ pitching staff has given up 5.3 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. Its starting pitching staff has a 5.55 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 6.9 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.62 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 8.2 K/9.

The Texas hitters have produced 4.2 runs per contest, including 4.1 per game over its last 10 games and 4.0 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .239/.359/.318 over its last five matchups and is 0-5 SU during that span.

The Rangers’ offense has been led by Shin-soo Choo and Nomar Mazara. Choo is hitting .274/.384/.467 with 12 home runs, 30 RBIs and 41 runs scored, and Mazara’s line is .260/.329/.484 with 14 homers, 42 RBIs and 37 runs.

In the visiting dugout, Colorado’s pitching staff allowed 5.1 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.67 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 8.38 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 5.28, along with a K/9 of 8.87.

Rockies hitters have slashed .245/.316/.407 on their way to 4.4 runs scored per game in 2018, including 5.5 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 4.8 per game over the team’s last five outings (1-4 SU).

Colorado’s hitters have been paced by right fielder Charlie Blackmon and third baseman Nolan Arenado. Blackmon is slashing .283/.361/.500 with 13 home runs, 31 RBIs and 50 runs scored, while Arenado is hitting .305/.399/.532 with 12 homers, 37 RBIs and 41 runs scored.

The Rockies have lost 3.6 units and are 12-12 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has cashed in nine of those games, as opposed to 13 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Rangers have lost 3.1 units and are 21-26 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 19 of those games, as opposed to 26 that’ve cashed the under.

Colorado Rockies vs. Texas Rangers MLB Prediction

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

Betting Notes,

  • Colorado has logged 13 extra-base hits over its last five games. Texas has 10 XBH over its last five.
  • Texas has posted 18.9 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 20.8 over its last five.
  • The Rockies have hit 11 home runs in their last 10 games. The Rangers have hit 12 over their last 10.