Texas Rangers vs. Baltimore Orioles MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/4/14
Baltimore Orioles (28-27) at Texas Rangers (29-28)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
Bud Norris (R) (3-5) (4.043) vs. Nick Martinez (R) (1-0) (3.578)
The Line: Texas Rangers -115 / Baltimore Orioles +105 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN 2, FSN-SW
The Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers will play game two of three on Wednesday at Globe Life Park.
The Orioles have won three straight games and are doing what they can to remain competitive in a tough AL East. The Orioles have really opened up offensively, scoring 17 runs in their last two games and improve to 21-8 when scoring more than three runs this season. Nelson Cruz has six homeruns in his last nine games and Adam Jones had four hits in Tuesday’s victory. The Orioles pitching has allowed three or less runs in four of their last five games. Getting the nod is Bud Norris, who is 3-5 with a 4.04 ERA and has 40 strikeouts in 62.1 innings. This will be Norris’ second career start against the Rangers.
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The Rangers have lost four of their last seven games and drop back to a .500 record. The lack of offensive production has to be scary for the Rangers, as they’ve scored three or fewer runs in seven of their last 11 games. Adrian Beltre does have 15 hits in his last 10 games and Alex Rios has scored seven runs in his last 10 games. Still, with a shaky pitching staff, the Rangers are 8-23 when scoring three or less runs this season. Nick Martinez gets the start, and he’s 1-1 with a 2.75 ERA and has 20 strikeouts in 39.1 innings. This will be the first time Martinez has faced the Orioles in his career.
The Orioles are 8-2 in Norris' last 10 starts as a favorite and 2-5 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record. The Rangers are 4-0 in Martinez's last 4 starts and 1-9 in their last 10 during game 2 of a series.
Until the Rangers start showing a little more consistency, they're a team that's hard to trust. I'll take the hotter team in Baltimore with the plus money.