Los Angeles Dodgers at Texas Rangers Matchup

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The Los Angeles Dodgers will head east to face the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park. Fox Sports Southwest will televise this interleague matchup and the game is scheduled to get underway at 8:05 p.m. ET.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Texas Rangers Odds

Vegas has listed Texas (+180) as the underdog to Los Angeles (-190). The total sits at 10 runs and bettors can take the over for -115 and the under for -105. The game’s current runline odds sit at -135 for betting the Dodgers -1.5 runs and +115 for the Rangers +1.5.

The Rangers are 66-66 against the spread (ATS)despite being only 58-74 straight up (SU). The team hasn’t strayed too far from expectations, losing 0.5 units for moneyline bettors and 3.8 units (ATS). Texas has a 3-4 ATS mark over its last seven games and the under has cashed in five of those seven. On the other hand, the Dodgers are 70-61 SU and have gone 57-74 ATS. Overall, the team’s lost 26.1 units for gamblers taking the moneyline and 17.3 units ATS. Los Angeles is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the over has cashed in four of those seven.

Neither side has established itself as an obvious over/under bet this year. Texas games have had an over/under record of 60-62-10 in 2018. The Dodgers have an over/under record of 63-63-5.

Walker Buehler is getting the nod for Los Angeles. The right-handed Buehler (6-4, 2.96 ERA) has recorded 102 strikeouts in 94.1 innings so far. He has yet to face the Rangers this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Rangers will put the ball in the right hand of Ariel Jurado (2-3, 6.40 ERA, 1.55 WHIP), who has 12 strikeouts and 10 walks this season. Jurado did not accrue any MLB pitching stats last season.

Los Angeles’ pitching staff allowed 3.8 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.18 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 9.46 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.92, along with a WHIP of 1.13 and a K-per-9 of 9.57.

The Dodgers offense has slashed .245/.330/.430 on its way to 4.8 runs scored per game in 2018, including 6.0 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 5.2 per game over the team’s last five outings (3-2 SU).

Los Angeles’ hitters have been led by first baseman Cody Bellinger and outfielder Chris Taylor. Bellinger is slashing .259/.342/.464 with 20 home runs, 62 RBIs and 72 runs scored, while Taylor has a .247 average with 14 homers, 54 RBIs and 68 runs scored.

In the home-team dugout, Texas’ pitchers have given up 5.3 runs per game overall this year. The team’s starters have an ERA of 5.49, a WHIP of 1.46 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 6.3. The bullpen has a 4.12 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 8.4 K/9.

The Texas offense has put up 4.7 runs per outing, including 4.0 per game over its last 10 games and 3.0 per game over its last five. The team’s hit .194/.285/.309 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that span.

Shin-soo Choo and Jurickson Profar have led the Rangers’ hitters this year. Choo is slashing .283/.394/.479 with 21 home runs, 60 RBIs and 75 runs scored, while Profar’s line is .252/.334/.449 with 14 homers, 65 RBIs and 67 runs.

The Dodgers have lost 21.4 units and are 33-48 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has cashed in 47 of those games, compared to 32 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Rangers have netted 4.2 units and are 47-42 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has cashed in 38 of those games, compared to 46 that went under the total.

Los Angeles Dodgers at Texas Rangers Free Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Dodgers, ATS Winner – Dodgers, O/U – UNDER

Betting Notes

  • Los Angeles has logged 19 extra-base hits over its last five games. Texas has nine XBH over its last five.
  • Los Angeles has recorded 26.2 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 23.6 over its last five.
  • The Dodgers have hit 18 home runs in their last 10 games. The Rangers have hit nine over their last 10.