Texas Rangers at Arizona Diamondbacks Betting Preview

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The Texas Rangers are heading west to face off against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. The opening pitch is scheduled for 9:40 p.m. ET and Fox Sports Arizona will broadcast this interleague matchup.

Texas Rangers at Arizona Diamondbacks Odds

Oddsmakers have listed Texas (+165) as the underdog to Arizona (-175). The total is sitting at 9 runs and bettors can take the over or the under for -110. You can also bet on the games runline with the odds sitting at Rangers +1.5 runs (-135) and Diamondbacks -1.5 runs (+115).

The Diamondbacks are 58-48 straight up (SU) and 55-52 against the spread (ATS). The team has gained 7.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 7.2 units (ATS). The Rangers, on the other hand, have gone 44-62 SU this year and are 52-55 ATS. Overall, the teams lost 4.6 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 6.7 units ATS.

Neither squad has established itself as an obvious over/under bet this year. Arizona games have a 50-52-5 over/under record in 2018. Rangers games have gone under 51 times, gone over 49 times and pushed on seven instances.

Bartolo Colon is getting the start for the visiting Rangers. The right-handed Colon is 5-9 with a 5.02 ERA and 68 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Diamondbacks this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (1-0, 6.00 ERA and six strikeouts across six innings).

The Diamondbacks are turning to righty Zack Godley (11-6, 4.73 ERA), who’s got 120 punchouts and 58 walks to his name as well as a WHIP of 1.53. Godley did not record a start against the Rangers in 2017.

Texas pitching staff allowed 5.3 runs per game and its starters own a 5.29 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 6.53 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.20, along with a K/9 of 8.23.

The Rangers offense has slashed .241/.323/.405 on its way to 4.5 runs scored per game this season, including 6.3 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 7.8 per game over the teams last five outings (2-3 SU).

Shin-soo Choo and Nomar Mazara continue to lead Texas hitters. Choo is hitting .281/.395/.482 with 18 home runs, 47 RBIs and 59 runs scored, while Mazara has a .272 average with 15 homers, 58 RBIs and 46 runs scored.

In the other dugout, Arizona’s pitching staff has given up 3.9 runs per game overall this season. The teams starters have a 4.02 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 9.3 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has posted a solid ERA of just 2.98, a WHIP of 1.17 and a K/9 of 7.8.

The Arizona offense has produced 4.5 runs per outing, including 5.6 per game over its last 10 games and 5.4 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .292/.370/.427 over its last five contests and is 3-2 SU during that span.

The Diamondbacks batters have been led by first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and outfielder David Peralta. Goldschmidt is hitting .277/.384/.517 with 22 home runs, 56 RBIs and 66 runs scored, and Peralta’s line is .286/.345/.488 with 16 homers, 53 RBIs and 48 runs.

Texas Rangers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Diamondbacks, ATS Winner – Rangers, O/U – UNDER

Betting Trends

  • Texas has logged 22 extra-base hits over its last five contests. Arizona has 17 XBH over its last five.
  • Arizona has posted 24.6 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 games and 26.2 over its last five.
  • The Rangers have hit 20 home runs in their last 10 games, including 11 over their last five.