Baltimore Orioles at Texas Rangers Free Preview

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The Baltimore Orioles will be squaring off against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park. This AL showdown will begin at 3:05 p.m. ET and fans can tune in to Mid-Atlantic Sports Network to catch the game.

Baltimore Orioles vs. Texas Rangers Odds

Texas (-130) is hosting this one as the favorite over Baltimore (+120) and oddsmakers have the Over/Under for this one at 11.5 runs (+105 for the over and -125 for the under). The games most recent runline odds sit at -175 for taking the Orioles +1.5 runs and +155 for the Rangers -1.5 runs.

The Rangers are 49-63 straight up (SU) and 55-56 against the spread (ATS). The team hasn’t strayed too far from expectations, losing 1.8 units for moneyline bettors and 4.4 units (ATS). On the other hand, the Orioles are 33-78 SU and have gone 46-64 ATS. In total, the teams lost 37.8 units for gamblers taking the moneyline and 26.8 units ATS.

Rangers games have an over/under record of 52-52-7 in 2018. Orioles games have gone under 58 times, gone over 48 times and pushed on four occasions.

Yefry Ramirez will get the start for the visiting Orioles. Ramirez is 1-4 with a 4.59 ERA and 34 strikeouts. He’s 0-0 with seven strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA against Texas this year.

The Rangers will put the ball in the left hand of Martin Perez (2-4, 6.50 ERA, 1.97 WHIP), who has 30 strikeouts and 21 walks this season. Perez is 0-1 with four strikeouts and a 1.29 ERA in one start against Baltimore this year.

Texas pitching staff has given up 5.2 runs per game overall this season as a unit. The teams starters have an ERA of 5.23, a WHIP of 1.43 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 6.6. The bullpen has a 4.15 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 8.3 K/9.

Texas offense is putting up 4.7 runs per contest, including 7.3 per game over its last 10 games and 8.0 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .295/.380/.557 over its last five games and is 4-1 SU during that span.

Shin-soo Choo and Nomar Mazara have led the Rangers batters this year. Choo is hitting .278/.388/.484 with 20 home runs, 52 RBIs and 64 runs scored, and Mazara’s line sits at .272/.332/.450 with 15 homers, 58 RBIs and 46 runs.

In the other dugout, Baltimore’s pitching staff allowed 5.3 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 5.37 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 7.41 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 4.37, along with a K/9 of 8.11.

Orioles hitters have slashed .236/.299/.393 on their way to 3.9 runs scored per game this year, including 6.9 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 4.4 per game over the teams last five contests (1-4 SU).

Baltimore’s offensive production has been powered by right fielder Adam Jones and shortstop Manny Machado. Jones is slashing .282/.311/.424 with 11 home runs, 44 RBIs and 43 runs scored, while Machado (.315/.387/.575) has produced 24 homers, 65 RBIs and 48 runs scored.

The Orioles have lost 5.0 units and are 18-18 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has hit in 15 of those games, compared to 20 that’ve gone under against ies.

Baltimore Orioles vs. Texas Rangers Prediction

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

Betting Trends

  • The over has hit in seven of Baltimore’s last seven games.
  • The Orioles have lost four of their last five games SU while the Rangers have taken seven of their last eight.
  • Baltimore fielders have 12 errors over the last 10 games, compared to four errors for Texas over its last 10.
  • The Orioles have hit 16 home runs in their last 10 games. The Rangers have hit 19 over their last 10.