Pirates vs. Rangers MLB odds matchup
Matt Garza will head to the mound for the Texas Rangers at home on Wednesday afternoon as they continue their MLB interleague betting series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Garza sits at 9-4 with a 3.70 ERA on the season, and in his four career starts against the Pirates he's 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA. The righthander lost to the Angels in his most recent outing, allowing five earned runs over seven innings pitched.
AJ Burnett, with a record of 7-10 on the season, gets the ball for the Pirates.
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Rangers as -138 favorites on the moneyline for this contest. The over under was hovering near 8.5 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.
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.
How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Texas' American League No. 8-ranked scoring average of 4.5 runs per game, against a Pirates offense rated No. 11 and scoring 3.9 runs per game in the league. The Rangers have averaged 9 hits per game to date this season, more than the Pirates hitters have managed (8.4 per nine innings).
Pittsburgh brings the National League's No. 3-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Rangers' league No. 4-ranked defense.
Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 5-4 winner as they battled the Rangers on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Pirates at +117 were rewarded, while the 9 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Pittsburgh looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Rangers, a 5-4 final on Tuesday in support of Francisco Liriano at Rangers Ballpark.
Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Chi Cubs are 7-3
After playing Texas are 3-7
After a win are 5-5
Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Oakland are 5-5
After playing Pittsburgh are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5
A few Pirates at Rangers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Pittsburgh's last 12 games when playing Texas
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 8 games when playing on the road against Texas
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas' last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Texas' last 12 games when playing Pittsburgh
Texas is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Texas' last 8 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh home to Chi Cubs, Thursday, September 12
Texas home to Oakland, Friday, September 13