Texas Rangers vs. Boston Red Sox MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/11/14
Boston Red Sox (17-18) at Texas Rangers (19-17)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 3:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
John Lackey (R) (4-2) (3.717) vs. Robbie Ross (L) (1-3) (4.738)
The Line: Texas Rangers -105 / Boston Red Sox -105 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, FSN-SW
The Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers play Sunday afternoon in a rubber matchup.
For the first time in a while the Red Sox are showing signs of life offensively by scoring four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Red Sox scored eight runs in Saturday’s victory, which included a David Ortiz homerun. The most impressive player for the Red Sox has been Mike Napoli, who leads the team with 20 RBI and has drawn 14 walks in his last 10 games. Starting Sunday for the Red Sox is John Lackey, who is 4-2 with a 3.72 ERA and has 43 strikeouts in 46 innings. Lackey is 13-15 with a 5.81 ERA in 39 career starts against the Rangers.
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The Rangers have lost four of their last six games and are in danger of dropping to .500 with a loss on Sunday. As has been the case for much of the year, the Rangers pitching staff has killed them by allowing eight or more runs in four of their last six games. The Rangers are 3-18 this season when allowing more than three runs. Alex Rios has three RBI in this series and Prince Fielder has an RBI in three straight games. Robbie Ross gets the nod, and he’s 1-3 with a 4.74 ERA and has 29 strikeouts in 38 innings. This will be Ross’ second career start against the Red Sox.
The Red Sox are 5-1 in Lackey's last 6 starts as a favorite and 1-4 in Lackey's last 5 starts with 6 days of rest. The Rangers are 0-4 in Ross' last 4 starts and 0-4 in their last 4 games as a home underdog.
It's tough not to go against the Red Sox with Lackey on the mound, especially when you're getting them at the cheap price. Ross has been all over the place and the Rangers could be in trouble with Ortiz heating up. Take the Sox.