Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Preview

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The Los Angeles Dodgers will play host to the Texas Rangers at Dodger Stadium. This interleague matchup will begin at 10:10 p.m. ET and fans hoping to watch it can tune in to Fox Sports Southwest.

Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Dodgers Odds

Los Angeles (-175) is hosting this game as the favorite over Texas (+165) and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under for this game at 7.5 runs. The odds for wagering on the games total sit at -110 for both the over and the under. Bettors can also wager on the games spread with the most recent runline odds standing at Rangers +1.5 runs (-135) and Dodgers -1.5 runs (+115).

The Rangers have gone 27-42 SU this year and are 30-38 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 4.3 units for moneyline gamblers and 14.0 units ATS. Texas is – ATS over its last seven games and the . The Dodgers, on the other hand, are 34-32 SU and 29-36 ATS. They’ve lost 19.8 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 7.3 units ATS. Los Angeles has a – ATS mark over its last seven games and the .

Los Angeles games have had an over/under record of 35-28-2 thus far in 2018. Texas has an over/under record of 31-32-5.

Southpaw Cole Hamels is getting the start for the visiting Rangers. Hamels is 3-6 with a 3.86 ERA and 79 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Dodgers this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Dodgers are turning to righty Kenta Maeda (4-4, 3.61 ERA), who has 68 strikeouts and 18 walks as well as a 1.28 WHIP. Maeda did not record a start against the Rangers in 2017.

Los Angeles pitchers have given up 4.1 runs per game overall this year as a unit. Its starters have a 3.51 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.97 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 8.9 K/9.

The Los Angeles offense has produced 4.9 runs per contest, including 8.4 per game over its last 10 games and 7.4 per game over its last five. The team has hit .312/.374/.665 over its last five games and is 4-1 SU during that span.

Outfielders Matt Kemp and Chris Taylor have led the Dodgers offense this year. Kemp is hitting .333/.366/.556 with 10 home runs, 41 RBIs and 30 runs scored, and Taylor is batting .253 with eight homers, 27 RBIs and 45 runs scored.

For the visitors, Texas pitchers have allowed 5.3 runs per game and its starters own a 5.62 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 6.85 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 3.69, along with a K-per-9 of 8.06.

Rangers hitters have slashed .230/.314/.392 on their way to 4.2 runs scored per game in 2018, including 3.9 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 4.0 per game over the teams last five contests (0-5 SU).

Shin-soo Choo and Nomar Mazara continue to lead Texas hitters. Choo is slashing .273/.379/.465 with 12 home runs, 30 RBIs and 41 runs scored, while Mazara is hitting .265/.335/.494 with 14 homers, 42 RBIs and 37 runs scored.

Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Pick

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

Betting Notes

  • The Rangers have hit 12 home runs in their last 10 games. The Dodgers have hit 29 over their last 10.
  • Los Angeles has averaged 29.2 runs + hits + errors over its last 10 outings and 28.6 over its last five.
  • The Dodgers have won four of their last five games SU.