Tuesday night features an American League battle between the Boston Red Sox (75-76) and the Texas Rangers (82-68).
While the Rangers have the better chances of making the playoffs this season, the Red Sox showed in the series opener that they can’t be taken lightly. Both of these teams will be looking to take the second of the three-game series on Tuesday.
As you consider your MLB picks, read ahead to get a breakdown of this matchup and the Red Sox vs Rangers best bets.
Boston Red Sox vs. Texas Rangers Odds
Red Sox vs. Rangers Information
Boston Red Sox vs Texas Rangers
Location of the game: Globe Life Field, Arlington, TX.
Date & Time: Tuesday, September 19. 8:05 pm ET.
How to watch: MLB.TV
In Monday’s series opener, the Red Sox were victorious on the road with a 4-2 victory. Josh Winckowski picked up the victory in the game, while Will Smith took the loss for Texas.
As for the Texas Rangers recent games, they are 6-4 in their last ten games. When playing at Globe Life Field, they are 45-30 this season.
Analyzing the Boston Red Sox standings, their 74-76 record puts them last in the AL East, 19.5 games behind the Baltimore Orioles. In the Wild Card standings, they sit 7.5 games back of a playoff spot.
The MLB standings for the Rangers have them second in the AL West, 1.5 games behind the first-place Houston Astros.
Boston Red Sox vs. Texas Rangers Analysis
Boston will turn to 27-year-old righty Tanner Houck in Tuesday’s contest. In 18 games this season, his MLB player stats show that he is 5-9 with a 4.94 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and he has 87 strikeouts in 93 innings.
Houck did pick up the win in his last outing against the Yankees. He went six scoreless innings and struck out seven.
Boston currently ranks eighth in MLB team stats in scoring, averaging 4.91 runs per game (4.59 on the road).
Rafael Devers continues to lead the team offensively. He is hitting .278/.358/.522 with a team-leading 33 home runs, 98 runs batted in, and 88 runs scored.
Numbers Don’t Lie
Before making any Texas Rangers picks, it is important to look at their scheduled starting pitcher. Manager Bruce Bochy will turn to 33-year-old Nathan Eovaldi for this one. In 22 games, he is 11-4 with a 2.96 ERA and 1.09 WHIP, and he has 118 strikeouts in 130.2 innings.
In his last outing, Eovaldi went 3.1 innings in a no-decision against the Blue Jays, allowing two earned runs on three hits and three walks.
The Rangers rank third in the majors in scoring, averaging 5.49 runs per game. Their MLB team stats show that they are averaging 5.88 runs per game at home.
Adolis Garcia leads the team in both home runs (34) and runs batted in (100). Marcus Semien leads the team with 113 runs scored.
Before determining the Red Sox vs Rangers best bets, it is important to look at the MLB odds for this game.
Red Sox Road Underdogs
Rangers Try To Even Series As Home Favorites
Trying to even the series up, the Rangers will look to win at home as the favorites. They are -145 to win this one. In terms of the spread, they are -1.5, with odds of +140.
The over/under for total runs is set at 8.5. The over has odds of -115, and the under nine runs has odds of +100.
Red Sox vs. Rangers Betting Pick and Prediction
- For our Red Sox vs Rangers best bets, we will be taking the Red Sox to cover the +1.5 spread (-160).
While Nathan Eovaldi has had a really nice season this year, he hasn’t gone deeper than 3.1 innings in any of his last three starts. The Texas Rangers bullpen has struggled as of late, meaning that the Red Sox should have the opportunity to put up some runs.
Even if they aren’t able to pull off the victory, the Red Sox should at least have enough firepower to keep this one close.
- With two of the best offenses in baseball, also take the over 8.5 runs (-115) in this contest.