Red Sox open up series against Rangers
The Boston Red Sox have won just three of their last 10 games against the Texas Rangers in MLB betting action as those teams open their first series of the year on Monday.
The Red Sox and Rangers met on the diamond six times last season, with Boston winning just two of those games for their supporters on the MLB odds.
The OVER/UNDER went 2-4 for totals bettors at the online sportsbooks in that span.
It's a pitching duel between John Lackey for the Red Sox (1-0 on the year) and Tanner Scheppers for Texas (0-0 so far).
Boston was a -154 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers at Sportsbook.ag settle on an opening over under number of 9.
The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the No. 9-rated Rangers taking on the No. 4-rated Red Sox in this contest.
In their last action, Texas was a 3-0 winner on the road against the Rays. Bettors on Texas at -108 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Texas threw a shutout at Tampa Bay in their last outing, using a shutdown performance by Yu Darvish to defeat Tampa Bay 3-0 on Sunday.
Boston lost its last outing, a 4-0 result against the Brewers on April 6. Bettors who backed the Brewers at +150 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Boston didn't plate a single run in their last outing, shut down by Yovani Gallardo in a losing cause, 4-0, against Milwaukee on Sunday.
How They Match Up:
On offense, it's a battle between Boston and its No. 24-rated batting order, averaging 3.17 runs per nine innings, against the No. 13 lineup of the Rangers at 4.17 runs per outing.
Comparing defensive stats, Texas owns the No. 16-rated road mark, allowing 4.33 runs per game on the highway. Boston, on the other hand, rates No. 18 in scoring at home.
Texas at Boston, Tuesday, April 8th