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Rangers open as moneyline underdog vs Phillies

Texas RangersPhiladelphia Phillies
May 20, 7:05 PM | GrassCitizens Bank Park

Texas Rangers vs Philadelphia Phillies Odds

23-21TEAM RECORD26-17

The Phillies will be trying to slam their rivalsl from the other league on Friday, as the Texas Rangers visit in inter-league play at Citizens Bank Park.

C.J. Wilson, with a record of 4-2 on the season, gets the ball for the Rangers, while the Phillies trot Roy Halladay to the mound in this one. He is 5-3 so far in 2011.

View Texas vs Philadelphia Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Phillies were listed as -185 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 7 earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
The Phillies - Rangers odds would favor the Phillies if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Philadelphia is rated No. 2 in the current National League Odds Shark poll, while Texas is at No. 3 in the American League.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Philadelphia's National League No. 11-ranked scoring average of 4 runs per game, against a Rangers offense rated No. 5 and scoring 4.6 runs per game in the league. The Phillies have averaged 8.3 hits per game to date this season, less than the Rangers hitters have managed (8.5 per nine innings).

Philadelphia owns the National League's No. 2 defense, allowing 3.3 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Texas' American League No. 6-rated defense.

Last time out for Texas, they were a 2-1 loser as they battled the Royals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Royals at -110 were rewarded, while the 3 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Texas lost a tight one on Thursday, seeing the game get away from them in extra innings and falling by a 2-1 score against Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium.

Philadelphia lost its last outing, a 7-1 result against the Rockies on May 19. Bettors who backed the Rockies at -130 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (8) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Philadelphia suffered a 7-1 loss against Colorado on Thursday, as Kyle Kendrick wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Citizens Bank Park.

Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Philadelphia are 2-4
After playing Kansas City are 3-7
After a loss are 6-4

Philadelphia Phillies Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Texas are 3-3
After playing Colorado are 8-2
After a loss are 6-4

A few Rangers at Phillies trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas' last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas' last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas' last 6 games when playing Philadelphia
Texas is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games
Philadelphia is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games at home
Philadelphia is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Texas
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 6 games when playing Texas

Next up:
Texas at Philadelphia, Saturday, May 21

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