|Written by Michael|
Bet on the MLBThe Baltimore Orioles travel from Detroit, where cars are king, to the Lone Star State, where the cars are replaced by cattle, to face the Texas Rangers in game one of a three game set. First pitch at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington is scheduled for 8:05ET.
The O's took 2 of 3 in Motown, including a come from behind 7-5 win yesterday, after the Tigers put up a 5 spot in the first inning. Baltimore (66-55) remains in third place of the AL East, 1 game behind Tampa Bay and would qualify as the second AL wild card team, along with the Rays, were the season to end today. They have won two straight and 6 of their last 10. The Orioles perform well on the road posting a 34-26 mark outside of Maryland.
Texas (70-50) spent the weekend in Canada, where they took 2 of 3 from Toronto. The first place Rangers lead Oakland by 5 games in the AL West, are 5-5 in their past 10 and 36-22 in Arlington. They, too, have won 2 in a row.
Tonights pitching matchup has two righthanders taking the hill. Miguel Gonzales (5-2, 3.38 ERA) goes for the O's and the Rangers Ryan Dempster (6-6, 3.12 ERA) will pitch for the first time in a week after his start scheduled for Friday was delayed due to personal issues. Against right-handed pitchers, the Orioles are 48-42 overall and 5-3 in their last ten, while the Rangers are 50-34 overall, going 5-4 in their last ten.
Baltimore is 11-4 SU in their last 15 games, and 4-1 SU in their last five on the road. However, they are only 1-8 SU in their last nine games against Texas. In 4 of their last 6 games on the road, the total has gone UNDER.
The Rangers are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games at home and 8-1 SU in their last nine against Baltimore. In 14 of their last 19 games at home, the total has gone UNDER. The total has also gone UNDER in 4 of the Rangers' last 6 games total.
The total has gone OVER in all 5 of the previous meetings between these two teams. For games played in Texas, the total has gone OVER in 8 of the last 12. Click here for more sportsbook baseball odds, including futures and prop prices.
Texas is a home favorite at -$170, while Baltimore is a +$160. As the favorite, the Rangers are 62-41 on the year, and 3-2 in their last 10 games. The Orioles, as the dog, are 46-37 overall, while going 5-5 in their last 10. The over/under of 10 runs is on a $110/$100 moneyline.
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