In today’s MLB betting guide, the New York Mets and Texas Rangers each go for the series win, while the Minnesota Twins try to sweep the struggling Baltimore Orioles.
New York Mets (-150) vs Texas Rangers (+125)
For the second day in a row, the Rangers have the pitching advantage against one of the better pitching teams in the MLB. The Mets are a little banged up and the Rangers have been fortunate enough to get their best two on the mound in Martin Perez yesterday and Jon Gray today. Gray has done well in limiting the home run and players reaching base while striking out a lot of batters. He has allowed just four earned runs in his past four starts combined. The Rangers are coming into this one having won Game 2 against the Mets and they are 6-4 in their past 10.
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New York, on the other hand, is 4-6 in their past 10, their pitching has been riddled with injuries, and they have Carlos Carrasco on the mound today. He has allowed five or more earned runs in three of his past four starts and has not gone very deep into games. As the team has struggled offensively and the Rangers have gotten contributions from everyone in their batting order, the Rangers look like a nice underdog as they look to take the series. Take Texas and the over (O8, -110) since Carrasco hasn’t shown signs of improving as of late yet.
Minnesota Twins (-165) vs Baltimore Orioles (+140)
The Twins and Orioles game should feature a nice pitching matchup as Devin Smeltzer starts for Minnesota and Tyler Wells is on the mound for Baltimore. Both starters have been helped out a great deal regarding their stats as their FIPs (fielding independent pitching) are in the mid-4.00, while Smeltzer’s ERA (earned run average) is 2.86 and Wells’ is 3.23. Nevertheless, Smeltzer has allowed one run in the past two starts, going six innings in each, while Wells has allowed two earned runs in the past 16 innings (three starts).
The Orioles have fallen off a bit of late after some strong play and have lost four in a row while the Twins have won two in a row, both games of this three-game series. Both were low-scoring tight games, so the run line should be off of the table just in case. Take the Twins as the better team to finish things off and the under (U8.5, +100).
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