Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Matchup

Jose VasquezArticles, Baseball, MLB

The Texas Rangers are traveling west to take on the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Fox Sports Southwest will be airing this interleague showdown. The game is slated to get going at 10:10 p.m. ET.

Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Dodgers Odds

The Rangers have gone just 27-41 SU this year and are 30-38 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 4.3 units for moneyline bettors and 14.0 units ATS. The Dodgers, on the other hand, are 33-32 SU and 29-36 ATS. They’ve lost 19.8 units for moneyline bettors and 7.3 units ATS.

Los Angeles games have a 35-28-2 over/under record so far in 2018. The Rangers have an over/under record of 31-32-5.

The right-handed Bartolo Colon will get the nod for the visiting Rangers. Colon is 3-3 with a 4.16 ERA and 45 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Dodgers this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (0-0, 5.40 ERA and two strikeouts over five innings).

The Dodgers are putting the ball in the hands of Caleb Ferguson (0-0, 21.60 ERA), who has three strikeouts and three walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 3.00. Ferguson did not record any MLB pitching stats last season.

Texas pitchers have allowed 5.2 runs per game and its starters own a 5.47 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 6.84 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.61, along with a K-per-9 of 7.99.

The Rangers offense has slashed .230/.313/.393 on its way to 4.2 runs scored per game this season, including 3.5 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 4.6 per game over the teams last five contests (1-4 SU).

Texas hitters have been led by Shin-soo Choo and Nomar Mazara, who collectively have launched 25 home runs. Choo is slashing .267/.375/.450 with 11 home runs, 29 RBIs and 39 runs scored, while Mazara is hitting .265 with 14 homers, 42 RBIs and 37 runs scored.

In the other dugout, Los Angeles pitchers have given up 4.1 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starting pitching staff has a 3.50 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.98 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 9.0 K/9.

The Los Angeles offense has produced 4.8 runs per contest, including 7.3 per game over its last 10 games and 6.8 per game over its last five. The team has slashed .274/.360/.598 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that span.

Outfielders Matt Kemp and Chris Taylor have paced the Dodgers hitters this year. Kemp is slashing .338/.368/.564 with 10 home runs, 41 RBIs and 29 runs scored, while Taylor’s line is .250/.340/.448 with eight homers, 26 RBIs and 44 runs scored.

Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Dodgers Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • The over has hit in of Texas last seven games.
  • The Dodgers have won three of their last four games SU.
  • Los Angeles has recorded 25.3 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 24.8 over its last five.
  • The Rangers have hit 12 home runs in their last 10 games. The Dodgers have hit 26 over their last 10.