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Rangers face Philadelphia Phillies: MLB odds preview and stats

Texas RangersPhiladelphia Phillies
May 21, 7:10 PM | GrassCitizens Bank Park

Texas Rangers vs Philadelphia Phillies Odds

23-22TEAM RECORD27-17

Baseball betting stays focused on inter-league play on Saturday as the Rangers of Texas swing away against the Phillies of Philadelphia.

Cliff Lee will take the mound for Philadelphia, and he'll carry a 2-4 record into the contest. Colby Lewis gets the ball for Texas; he's 4-4 so far this season.

View Texas vs Philadelphia Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the Phillies in this one will find them as -165 favorites on the MLB money line. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 7.5 at its open earlier today.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 2 (Phillies) and the No. 3 (Rangers) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Philadelphia has the National League's No. 11-rated offensive output, at 8.2 hits per game. The Rangers average 8.5 hits per game, good for No. 8 on the American League list.

Comparing defensive stats, Texas owns the American League's No. 1-rated road mark, allowing 3.2 runs per game on the highway. Philadelphia, on the other hand, rates No. 6 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Texas, they were a 3-2 loser as they battled the Phillies on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Phillies at -155 were rewarded, while the 5 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Rangers starter, C.J. Wilson, was terrific in striking out 10 Philadelphia batters last time out, but Texas still lost 3-2 on Friday at Citizens Bank Park.

Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Philadelphia are 2-5
After playing Philadelphia are 2-4
After a loss are 5-5

Philadelphia Phillies Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Texas are 3-4
After playing Texas are 5-1
After a win are 4-6

A few Rangers at Phillies trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas' last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas' last 5 games
Texas is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games on the road
Texas is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 6 games
Philadelphia is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Texas
Philadelphia is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Texas at Philadelphia, Sunday, May 22