Baltimore Orioles vs. Texas Rangers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/3/14
Texas Rangers (37-46) at Baltimore Orioles (44-39)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Camden Yards)
Yu Darvish (R) (8-4) (2.415) vs. Wei-Yin Chen (L) (7-3) (4.191)
The Line: Baltimore Orioles +109 / Texas Rangers -119 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-SW, MASN
The Baltimore Orioles will look to sweep the Texas Rangers on Thursday night.
The Rangers have lost 12 of their last 14 games and have dropped 10 games below a .500 record. The main reason has been a Rangers pitching staff that has allowed four or more runs in 13 of their last 16 games. The Rangers have the 29th worst ERA in all of baseball at 4.59. Offensively, the Rangers have struggled with consistency, but Adrian Beltre has 18 hits in his last 10 games. Starting is Yu Darvish, who is 8-4 with a 2.42 ERA and has 128 strikeouts in 104.1 innings. This is Darvish’s first career game against the Orioles.
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The Orioles have won eight of their last 12 games and are six games above .500. The Orioles offense continues to produce, scoring four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The orioles have won 13 of their last 16 games when scoring more than three runs. Nelson Cruz has eight RBI in his last eight games and Adam Jones has 16 hits in his last 10 games. Wei-Yin Chen takes the hill, and he’s 7-3 with a 4.19 ERA and has 65 strikeouts in 92.1 innings. Chen is 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA in three career starts against the Rangers.
The Rangers are 14-4 in Darvishs last 18 starts and 5-2 in Darvishs last 7 road starts vs. a team with a winning record. The Orioles are 7-1 in Chens last 8 starts as a home underdog and 12-4 in Chens last 16 starts vs. American League West. The Rangers are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Baltimore.
Are we really going to jump off the Baltimore money train now? Sure, Darvish is a great pitcher and what not, but the Rangers are a flat out mess. Not to mention Chen thrives in the underdog role. I'm sticking with the home team.