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Pittsburgh Pirates take on Rangers in baseball test

Pittsburgh PiratesTexas Rangers
Sep 10, 8:05 PM | GrassRangers Ballpark

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Texas Rangers Odds

82-61TEAM RECORD81-62

Baseball betting stays focused on inter-league play on Tuesday as the Pirates of Pittsburgh swing away against the Rangers of Texas.

It's a pitching duel between Martin Perez for the Rangers (9-3 on the year) and Francisco Liriano for Pittsburgh (15-7 so far).

View Pittsburgh vs Texas Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The moneyline was hovering in the range of -121 for the Rangers in this one over at TopBet. The over under number was sitting near 8 at 5Dimes.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the American League No. 2-rated Rangers and the league No. 8-ranked Pirates, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Texas' No. 7 ranked American League offense (4.5 runs per game) against a Pirates defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 3 in the National League at 3.6 runs allowed per game. The Rangers have been averaging 9 hits per game, more than the Pirates have managed so far this season (8.4 hits on average).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Texas has the American League's No. 3-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Pirates own the National League's No. 3 mark in runs allowed.

The Pirates were a 1-0 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Rangers. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at +155 on the moneyline, while the total score (1) was good news for UNDER bettors. The Pirates didn’t allow a single run in their last start, as their staff shut out Texas 1-0 on Monday at Rangers Ballpark.

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 3-7
Before playing Texas are 3-7
After playing Texas are 3-7
After a win are 4-6

Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing Pittsburgh are 6-4
After playing Pittsburgh are 7-3
After a loss are 6-4

A few Pirates at Rangers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Pittsburgh's last 11 games when playing Texas
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games when playing on the road against Texas
Pittsburgh is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Texas is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas' last 6 games at home
Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Texas' last 11 games when playing Pittsburgh

Next up:
Pittsburgh at Texas, Wednesday, September 11