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Off-Field Incidents Overshadowing Improved Play by Embattled Price

The Boston Red Sox have an opportunity to clinch their third straight series win on Tuesday when they pay a visit to the Texas Rangers for the second contest of a three-game series. Sportsbooks opened the BoSox as +115 underdogs with a total of 9.

Shark Bites
  • The Rangers are 1-6 SU in their last seven games with Yu Darvish as the starting pitcher.
  • The Red Sox are 7-2 SU in their last nine games on a five-game SU winning streak.
  • The total has gone UNDER in seven of the Red Sox' last nine games with David Price as the starting pitcher.

David Price and Yu Darvish are expected to get the start. Price (3-2, 4.61 ERA) has endured a tumultuous start to his career in Beantown but has pitched better of late on the heels of four straight quality starts. The left-hander suffered through one of his worst outings of 2016 against the Rangers on June 24 when he was lit up for six runs and 12 hits in 2.1 innings.

On the weekend, it was reported that Price and Hall of Famer-turned-broadcaster Dennis Eckersley got into a confrontation on a team flight.

Darvish (6-6, 3.11) is winless in his last three outings despite limiting opponents to a total of two earned runs over 13 innings in the last two. The native of Japan is 1-1 with a 3.63 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 22.1 innings against the Red Sox in his career.

These teams have a tendency of playing to the OVER when they get together. In the previous five matchups between the squads, the OVER is 4-1.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the MLB moneyline for this betting odds matchup, Texas sat as -110 favorites earlier in the day at Bovada. The OVER/UNDER total was set at 9.5, according to MyBookie.

OddsShark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 7.5-1.8 victory for the Red Sox. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Boston Red Sox vs Texas Rangers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Texas Rangers bring a 40-43 record to the battle against the 48-35 Red Sox. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Texas vs Boston injuries news.

The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Texas Rangers rated this week at No. 10 and the Boston Red Sox sitting at No. 3.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Texas has baseball's No. 6-rated offensive output, at 8.05 hits per game. The Boston Red Sox average 9.23 hits per game, good for No. 4 on the list.

Texas owns the No. 18 defense, allowing 5.02 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Boston's No. 5-rated defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Boston needed extra innings to get the job done against the Rangers on Monday as the Red Sox defeated them 7-5 at Globe Life Park.

Betting Trends
  • Boston is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Boston is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Texas is 16-8 ATS in its last 24 games
  • Texas is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Texas is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas's last 5 games

Next Betting Matchups

Boston at Texas, Wednesday, July 5