The Texas Rangers host Boston on Wednesday, looking to build on their 57-39 mark against the Boston Red Sox in MLB betting action at Rangers Ballpark.
The Rangers will rely on Derek Holland to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Josh Beckett will be his counterpart for the Red Sox. Derek Holland is 6-5 this season, and Josh Beckett is 5-8.
The Red Sox were listed as +130 underdogs on the baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks, including TopBet. The total was set at 10 before betting started earlier on Monday.
The Rangers - Red Sox odds would favor the Rangers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Texas is rated No. 2 in the current American League Odds Shark poll, while Boston is at No. 5 in the American League.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Texas' No. 1-rated American League offense, averaging 5 runs per game, against a Red Sox defense that ranks No. 9 in the American League at 4.6 in runs allowed per game. The Rangers have averaged 9.6 hits per game so far, more than Red Sox batters have averaged on the year (9.3 hits per game).
Comparing defensive stats, Boston owns the American League's No. 2-rated road mark, allowing 3.8 runs per game on the highway. Texas, on the other hand, rates No. 2 in scoring at home.
The Red Sox were a 2-1 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Rangers. That made winners of bettors who got Boston at +105 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors. Boston looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Rangers, a 2-1 final on Tuesday in support of Clay Buchholz at Rangers Ballpark.
Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing NY Yankees are 2-8
After playing Texas are 5-5
After a win are 3-7
Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Chi White Sox are 3-7
After playing Boston are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5
A few Red Sox at Rangers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Boston's last 12 games on the road
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Texas
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 7 games when playing on the road against Texas
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas' last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Texas' last 15 games
Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Boston
Texas is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games at home
Boston at NY Yankees, Friday, July 27
Texas home to Chi White Sox, Friday, July 27