Boston Red Sox at Texas Rangers
Both teams will look to bounce back from disappointing defeats, as an important three-game series kicks off in Arlington tonight.
Boston Red Sox (66-50) at Texas Rangers (65-48) The lines maker has placed the Rangers as a solid -130 favorite and the total stands at 9.5 for tonight’s contest. Boston dropped a 6-5 contest in its series finale with the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre on Thursday afternoon, as closer Jonathan Papelbon suffered his sixth blown save of the season. The bullpen had posted a 1.57 ERA over its previous 15 games before yesterday’s hiccup. The Red Sox are 10-5 as a road underdog of +100 to +125 this season (+600). A bounce back performance may be in store, as the club is 41-27 in August the last three seasons (+900). Red Sox starting pitcher Josh Beckett will be making his 13th start of the season, going 3-2 with a 6.21 ERA. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 6.23 ERA in seven road starts, including a 7-2 loss in the Bronx last time out. He will be making his second start versus the Rangers this year, as he didn’t receive a decision against them at Fenway Park on April 21. He is an even 2-2 with a 4.82 ERA in six career starts against Texas and has a 2-1 record and 2.25 ERA in Arlington. Texas was unable to pull off a two-game sweep of the New York Yankees in a short series, but still remain 7 1/2 games ahead in the AL West. “It’s definitely tough, but it’s just one game,” outfielder David Murphy said. The Rangers are 10-4 as a home favorite of -125 to -150 this season (+420), but must improve upon their 10-17 mark against AL East opponents. Rangers starting pitcher Tommy Hunter is 9-1 with a 3.01 ERA in 12 starts this year. The right-hander is a perfect 6-0 with a 2.53 ERA in seven home starts. In three career outings versus the Red Sox, he is 2-1 with a 7.53 ERA. Hunter is 2-0 with a 2.13 ERA in his last two starts against Boston, including a victory at Fenway Park on July 15. Bettors will definitely be interested in knowing that the Red Sox are just 1-5 in the last six meetings in Texas in this series. The Rangers are also 5-2 in Hunter’s last seven starts versus the AL East.