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Rangers Win When Hamels Takes The Mound

Two division leaders are set to do battle tonight as the Indians head into Arlington to kick off a matchup with the Rangers that could potentially be a preview of the ALCS. Both teams have identical 5-5 records in their last 10 games and both have 53 losses this season. If you’re going to watch one series this weekend, make it this one.

SHARK BITES
  • The Indians are 15-6 in their last 21 games against the Rangers.
  • The Rangers are 14-3 in their last 17 games at home with Hamels as the starting pitcher.
  • The Indians are 8-1 in their last nine games on Thursday.

Cole Hamels gets the assignment for the Rangers tonight and will look for another performance like the one he posted against the Rays in his last start where he pitched 7.1 strong innings, allowing just three hits and one earned run. The veteran lefty has not given up more than three runs since a July 8 start against the Twins.

The Indians will call upon a pitcher in Josh Tomlin who has had a very rough stretch. In his last six starts, the Texas native has only allowed fewer than four runs twice and has given up at least one home run in 13 straight games.

The Rangers have the significant advantage on the starting bump tonight and given their record with Hamels as their starter, a runline bet on the home team may be a smart wager.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Baseball betting odds makers, including BetOnline, opened the Texas Rangers as -141 moneyline favorites in this matchup. Over under total bettors saw the number open at 9 at shops such as Bovada.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 4.8-2.4 result in favor of the Rangers. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Cleveland Indians vs Texas Rangers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Texas Rangers sport a record of 74-53 heading into this matchup, while the Cleveland Indians sit at 72-53 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Texas vs Cleveland injuries news.

The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Texas Rangers at No. 16 and the Cleveland Indians at No. 15 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up Texas Rangers No. 11 ranked offense (4.63 runs per game) against a Cleveland Indians defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 9 at 4.19 runs allowed per game. The Texas Rangers have been averaging 8.91 hits per game, less than the Cleveland Indians have managed so far this season (9.12 hits on average).

Defensively, Cleveland features the No. 4-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.98 runs per game. Texas, meanwhile, comes in at No. 4 at home, scoring 5.12 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Cleveland didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 5-1 to Oakland on Wednesday at O.co Coliseum.

The Rangers enjoyed a 6-5 victory at the expense of the Reds on Wednesday, with Y Darvish throwing 1 innings of 0-hit ball at Great American Ball Park.

Betting Trends
  • Cleveland is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games
  • Cleveland is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Cleveland is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games on the road
  • Texas is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas's last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Texas's last 23 games
  • Texas is 5-14 ATS in its last 19 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Cleveland at Texas, Friday, August 26th

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