In today’s MLB betting guide, the Texas Rangers attempt to stop the bleeding as they visit the Baltimore Orioles for the third and final time this week. Meanwhile, the Boston Red Sox aim to put some distance in the AL East as they host the Tampa Bay Rays to close up the three-game series, giving each team one win.
Texas Rangers (-115) vs Baltimore Orioles (-105)
The Rangers haven’t done themselves any favours, losing three consecutive games and dropping four of five to start the new month. Their recent play has dropped them to third in the AL West, and they would be in fourth if it weren’t for an equally poor start to the month for the Los Angeles Angels. Glenn Otto will need to be much better than his previous two outings after allowing 10 hits and 10 runs in six innings. His ERA (earned run average) rose to 5.63, and he’s allowed more runs than strikeouts in his last seven appearances. His numbers don’t inspire much confidence, so consider going with the Orioles for tonight’s matchup.
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After snapping a four-game losing streak and surprising the Rangers in back-to-back games, the Orioles have found a way to string together some wins and find their offense. They’ve scored enough runs to mask the Rangers scoring 15 in two games, but that won’t hold up in the long term. Spencer Watkins will try to keep Texas’ batting order at bay and has given the Orioles two good starts of late. He pitched five scoreless innings against the Chicago White Sox in a victory and followed it up with a one-run game against the Minnesota Twins. Baltimore will need more of that if they hope to sweep the Rangers tonight.
Tampa Bay Rays (+110) vs Boston Red Sox (-130)
After dropping a 4-0 loss to the Red Sox in their opening game, the Rays re-discovered a hot offense that torched the Blue Jays one week prior, pelting Boston for eight runs. They’ll need that kind of effort to close out the series ahead of a showdown against the Cincinnati Reds later this week. Corey Kluber is hoping to win his first game in four outings after losing two and finishing one in a no-decision. His ERA has improved to 3.91 on the season, but the amount of hits he’s allowing is cause for concern.
The Red Sox haven’t been playing poor baseball to start the new month, but their record isn’t indicating their efforts thus far. Having lost three of five games, they’re missing out on prime opportunities to widen the gap between themselves and the Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays. Bryan Bello, Boston’s top pitching prospect, will earn his first MLB start, and excitement surrounds the high expectations of the 23-year-old. He’s 10-4 this year in the minors, sporting an ERA of 2.33 and 114 strikeouts in 85 innings. He’s a tantalizing player to follow, and one should expect him to have a strong showing, leading us to take the Red Sox for winners tonight.
Odds via Bet365.
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