The Texas Rangers' dreams haven’t died just yet, but with 40 of 51 teams winning the World Series after going up by two games it isn’t looking very good. Odds makers believe the home crowd will be enough to push the Rangers over the Giants, giving them a big vote of confidence – as they are listed as -145 favorites when the series switches to Rangers Ballpark for Game 3 on Saturday.
Edgar Renteria revived his bat with a home run and three runs batted in - and Juan Uribe also drove in three runs in the Giants' 9-0 rout of the Rangers in Game 2. Both games have given OVER bettors good payouts during this series, and the lines have been adjusted to reflect the offensive story being written in this year’s Fall Classic. With the total now sitting at 8.5 for Game 3, it might be time to switch the strategy and go with the UNDER.
Best Over: 8.5 +100 at Sportsbook
Best Under: 8.5 -105 at SportsInteraction
The Giants (+125) were supposed to subdue Texas with their ace pitching, but are dominating at the plate - hitting .314 as a team to the Rangers' meagre .227. San Francisco has outscored the Rangers 20-7 in the series. Matt Cain was in true postseason form with his performance on Thursday, allowing just four hits over his 7 2-3 innings. He has only given up one unearned run over his 21 1-3 innings. It’s tough to mount any rally when facing hurlers like that.
Jonathan Sanchez has yet to record a win in this postseason, but he was on the mound in a no-decision when the Giants clinched the NLCS over the Phillies. The hard-throwing Sanchez has fanned 19 batters over his 15 1-3 innings with a playoff ERA of 2.93. He will get the tap on the shoulder for Game 3 - as the Giants look to put the Rangers on the brink of elimination in their first World Series.
Colby Lewis dominated over eight innings for a series-clinching victory in the ALCS and will be tasked with getting Texas on track in Game 3 of the World Series in Arlington. Lewis has a terrific postseason ERA of 1.45 to go along with 18 strikeouts in just over 18 innings of work. Pitching hasn’t been the problem for the Rangers - their bats have gone completely silent thus far.
It’s not like Texas didn’t have good pitching in Game 2, as starter C.J. Wilson only gave up two runs and three hits in over six innings of work. It’s the offense that needs to get into gear. Nelson Cruz is 1 for 9, while Josh Hamilton and Michael Young are a combined 2 for 16. If the Rangers are to muster any comeback they need these guys to deliver.
First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m. ET Saturday on Fox. View Matchup Odds and Stats here at Odds Shark.