Texas Rangers vs. Philadelphia Phillies Pick-Odds-Prediction - 4/1/14
Philadelphia Phillies (0-0) at Texas Rangers (0-0)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
AJ Burnett (R) (0-0) (0.00) vs. Martin Perez (L) (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Texas Rangers -125 / Philadelphia Phillies +115 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: TCN-Philadelphia, FS-Southwest
The Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers look to keep the offense going in game number two of the season.
Offense was the name of the game when the Phillies opened 2014 with a 14-10 victory ovet Texas on the road. Left hander Cliff Lee picked up the win but was hit hard with eight runs allowed eight runs on eleven hits and a walk over just five frames. Jake Diekman gave up two more in an inning of work before three relievers silenced the Rangers bats. Jimmy Rollins paced the Philies 17 hit attack with a grand slam while Cody Ashe and Marlon Byrd also left the yard and drove in five more. Ben Revere rounded out the top producers with three hits and another three RBI's. Newcomer AJ Burnett gets the ball in game two and faced the Rangers once with the Pirates a year ago. Burnett allowed five runs on six hits in a 7-5 win.
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Texas obviously didn't begin the season on the right foot with their pitching getting rocked. However the bats did plenty of damage versus a quality arm in Cliff Lee but it still wasn't enoughh with starter Tanner Scheppers lasting just four frames with seven runs given up on eight hits and a trio of free passes including a grand slam. Pedro Figueroa followed with four more runs plated in 1.2 frames and the offense simply couldn't keep up despite a 14 hit, three walk afternoon. Alex Rios led the way with a three run jack while Josh Wilson posted a pair of hits and three RBI's. Leonys Martin knocked in two more but the arms couldn't hold the fort. Lefty Martin Perez gets the ball Tuesday after going 10-6 with a 3.62 ERA in 20 2013 starts.
As a Phillies fan I have high hopes for the season but in all honesty I don't know what the season holds. I am looking at the Rangers and hoping I'm wrong but I'll update with any changes a few hours before game time...