Baltimore Orioles vs. Texas Rangers Matchup

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The Texas Rangers will play host to the Baltimore Orioles at Globe Life Park. This AL showdown will begin at 8:05 p.m. ET and Mid-Atlantic Sports Network will be airing the game.

Baltimore Orioles vs. Texas Rangers Odds

Baltimore (+135) is coming into this one as the underdog to Texas (-145) and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under for this night game at 10.5 runs. The odds for wagering on the games total stand at -110 for both the over and the under. Bettors can also wager on the games runline with the current odds sitting at -160 for the Orioles +1.5 runs and +140 for the Rangers -1.5 runs.

The Rangers are 47-63 straight up (SU) and 54-56 against the spread (ATS). The team hasn’t strayed too far from expectations, losing 2.8 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 5.7 units (ATS). Texas has covered the spread six times in its last seven games and the total went over in five of those seven. The Orioles are 33-76 SU and have gone 46-63 ATS. In total, the teams lost 36.8 units for moneyline bettors and 25.3 units ATS. Baltimore has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the over has cashed in six of those seven.

Rangers games have a 51-52-7 over/under record in 2018. The Orioles have been a good under bet with a total record of 47-58-4.

Dylan Bundy is getting the start for the Orioles. The right-handed Bundy (7-9, 4.53 ERA) has recorded 123 strikeouts in 115.1 innings so far. He has yet to face the Rangers this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (1-0, 1.50 ERA and four strikeouts across six innings).

The Rangers will put the ball in the left hand of Mike Minor (7-6, 4.73 ERA), who has 92 strikeouts and 26 walks as well as a 1.20 WHIP. Minor is 0-1 with a 16.88 ERA in one start against Baltimore this year.

As a unit, Texas pitching staff has given up 5.3 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starters have an ERA of 5.29, a WHIP of 1.44 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 6.6. The bullpen has a 4.19 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 8.2 K/9.

Texas hitters are putting up 4.7 runs per outing, including 7.2 per game over its last 10 games and 7.4 per game over their last five. The team has hit .290/.359/.532 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 slashing .278/.388/.486 with 20 home runs, 51 RBIs and 63 runs scored, while Mazara is batting .272 with 15 homers, 58 RBIs and 46 runs scored.

In the visiting dugout, Baltimore’s pitching staff allowed 5.3 runs per game and its starters own a 5.36 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 7.37 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 4.33, along with a WHIP of 1.48.

The Orioles offense has slashed .237/.300/.395 on its way to 3.9 runs scored per game this year, including 7.2 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 8.0 per game over the teams last five outings (3-2 SU).

Baltimore’s offensive production has been sparked by outfielder Adam Jones and shortstop Manny Machado. Jones is slashing .283/.312/.428 with 11 home runs, 44 RBIs and 42 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 cashed in 15 of those games, as opposed to 20 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Rangers have lost 4.7 units and are 37-39 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The overs hit in 32 of those games, as opposed to 40 which went under the total.

Baltimore Orioles vs. Texas Rangers MLB Prediction

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

Betting Notes

  • The over has hit in five of Texas last seven games.
  • Each team has swatted 18 home runs over its last 10 outings.
  • Baltimore has averaged 31 runs + hits + errors over its last 10 contests and 34 over its last five.
  • The Rangers have won five of their last six games SU.