The Red Sox hit the road this weekend a day after their extra-innings win over the ChiSox to take on the hottest team in Major League Baseball, the Texas Rangers. The Sox will send their Ace David Price (8-4, 4.24 ERA) to the mound to face Nick Martinez (1-1, 5.14 ERA) who is making just his second start of the year for the Rangers.
The favored team is 14-6 in its last 20 games in this matchup.
The Rangers are 3-7 in their last 10 games with Martinez as their starting pitcher.
The total has gone OVER in 8 of the Red Sox’ last 11 games as a favorite of -180 or more.
Since his rather rocky start, David Price has honed in his stuff and is looking like the number one guy the Red Sox paid him to be. The lefty has lowered his ERA every month with his new club and has posted a shiny 2.32 ERA through his four June starts. Price will have to be sharp tonight as he faces a Rangers lineup that has been crushing everyone lately.
The Rangers (47-26) now own the second best winning percentage in the majors, just behind the Chicago Cubs (47-24) after many of Texas’ off season acquisitions and prospect call ups have pained out.
That being said, there’s plenty working against the red-hot bats from Arlington in this one as they will send Nick Martinez to the mound in a pitching matchup the recent Triple-A call up is heavily outweighed in star-power. In his only MLB start this year, Martinez was roughed up by the Cardinals for three runs and was pulled early in the fifth inning.