Texas Rangers vs. Boston Red Sox MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/9/14
Boston Red Sox (17-17) at Texas Rangers (17-17)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 9, 2014 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
Clay Buchholz (R) (2-2) (5.627) vs. Yu Darvish (R) (2-1) (2.868)
The Line: Texas Rangers -139 / Boston Red Sox +129 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, TXA-21
For the second time this season, the Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers will clash on the field. The Red Sox won the earlier series, 2-1.
The Red Sox have won four of their last five games and are back at .500. During this stretch, the Red Sox pitching staff has really fared well, allowing no more than three runs in six of their last seven games. Offensively, Mike Napoli has drawn 13 walks in his last 10 games and David Ortiz has 10 hits in as many games. One Red Sox pitcher who is looking to bounce back is Clay Buchholz, who is 2-2 with a 5.63 ERA and has 24 strikeouts in 32 innings. Buchholz is 1-3 with a 3.30 ERA in five career starts against the Rangers.
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The Rangers have lost eight of their last 11 games and somehow still find themselves a game above .500. The Rangers have to figure something out with a pitching staff that has allowed at least five runs in six of their last nine games. In a four-game series against the Colorado Rockies, the Rangers gave up a combined 29 runs. Offensively, Michael Choice has six hits in his last four games. One pitcher who can turn things around is Yu Darvish, who is 2-1 with a 2.87 ERA and has 42 strikeouts in 37.2 innings. Darvish is 0-1 with a 5.93 ERA in two career starts against the Red Sox.
The Red Sox are 38-16 in Buchholz's last 54 road starts and 43-21 in Buchholz's last 64 starts overall. The Rangers are 8-1 in Darvish's last 9 starts and 6-0 in Darvish's last 6 starts with 4 days of rest. The Red Sox are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Texas.
It's not very often you're going to get Darvish at this price. Sure, there's still a little bit of juice, but it certainly beats the -200 or other crazy prices you usually have to pay when he takes the mound. I like the Rangers to bounce back at home with one of the top pitchers in the world on the mound.