Texas Rangers vs. San Francisco Giants - 8/1/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Francisco Giants (56-46) at Texas Rangers (50-52)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
C Heston (11-5) (3.14) vs. C Hamels (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Texas Rangers -138 / San Francisco Giants +128 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-Bay, FS-Southwest
The Texas Rangers and the San Francisco Giants face off on Saturday in Arlington for game two of their MLB series.
The Rangers got the bats going early on Friday scoring all of their runs in the first two inning sand it was enough to get the win on Friday. Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre each hit home runs and ROugned Odor had three hits as the Rangers scored six runs on 10 hits. Starting pitcher Nicholas Martinez allowed seven hits and two runs while striking out four over 6.1 innings to get the win and go to 6-6 for the season. For Saturday’s game the Rangers start newly acquired Cole Hamels who makes his first start as a Ranger and his first career start for an American League team.
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The San Francisco Giants are battling for a playoff spot in the National league but they didn’t help themselves on Friday losing in Texas. Brandon Crawford hit a home run, Nori Aoki had two hits, and Buster Posey had a hit as the Giants scored three runs on eight hits. Starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner allowed nine hits and six runs while striking out eight over 7.0 innings to take the loss and fall to 11-6 for the season. For Saturday’s game the Giants start Chris Heston who has allowed 110 hits and 44 earned runs while striking out 99 over 126 innings for an 11-5 record and a 3.14 ERA.
Texas is 8-3 in their last 11 games, 6-1 following a win, and 1-6 in their last seven games as a home favorite. San Francisco is 13-4 in their last 17 games, 3-10 in their last 13 interleague games, and 10-4 in Heston’s last 14 starts. San Francisco is 16-6 in the last 22 meetings with Texas.
This one is a tough call as it should be a big day with Hamels starting at home but I don’t see the starters factoring in the decision here so I give the edge to the Giants.