Texas Rangers at Arizona Diamondbacks Betting Preview

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The Texas Rangers will head west to Chase Field to face the Arizona Diamondbacks. This interleague matchup will begin at 9:40 p.m. ET and fans looking to watch it can tune in to Fox Sports Arizona.

Texas Rangers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Odds

Vegas has listed Arizona (-210) as the favorite over Texas (+190). Bettors can wager on the games total with odds sitting at +100 for over 8.5 runs and -120 for under 8.5. Bettors can also wager on the games spread with the most recent runline odds standing at Rangers +1.5 runs (-115) and Diamondbacks -1.5 runs (-105).

The Diamondbacks are 58-48 straight up (SU) and 55-51 against the spread (ATS). The teams gained 6.3 units for moneyline bettors and 8.2 units (ATS). The Rangers have gone 44-62 SU this year and are 51-55 ATS. Overall, the teams lost 6.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 7.7 units ATS.

Diamondbacks games have had an over/under record of 49-52-5 in 2018. The Rangers have an over/under record of 49-50-7.

Left-hander Martin Perez is the probable starter for the visiting Rangers. Perez (2-4, 7.08 ERA) has racked up 25 punchouts in 40.2 innings so far. He has yet to face the Diamondbacks this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Diamondbacks are going with lefty Robbie Ray (3-2, 4.90 ERA), who’s got 81 strikeouts and 29 walks to his name, as well as a 1.42 WHIP. Ray did not record a start against the Rangers in 2017.

Arizona’s pitching staff has allowed 3.9 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. The teams starting pitching staff has an ERA of 4.02, a WHIP of 1.26 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 9.3. The bullpen has a solid ERA of just 2.98, a WHIP of 1.17 and a K/9 of 7.8.

Arizona’s hitters have put up 4.5 runs per outing, including 5.6 per game over its last 10 games and 5.4 per game over their last five. The teams hit .292/.370/.427 over its last five matchups and is 3-2 SU during that span.

First baseman Paul Goldschmidt and left fielder David Peralta have led the Diamondbacks offense this year. 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.

In the visiting dugout, Texas pitchers have 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 managed an ERA of 4.20, along with a WHIP of 1.44 and a K-per-9 of 8.23.

The Rangers offense has slashed .241/.323/.405 on its way to 4.5 runs scored per game in 2018, including 6.3 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 7.8 per game over the teams last five contests (2-3 SU).

Texas hitters have been led by Shin-soo Choo and Nomar Mazara. Choo is hitting .281/.395/.482 with 18 home runs, 47 RBIs and 59 runs scored, while Mazara is hitting .272/.332/.450 with 15 homers, 58 RBIs and 46 runs scored.

Texas Rangers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks MLB Tip

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

Betting Trends

  • Texas has recorded 22 extra-base hits over its last five contests. Arizona has 17 XBH over its last five.
  • Texas has posted 27.3 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 30.2 over its last five.
  • The Rangers have hit 20 home runs in their last 10 games, including 11 over their last five.