Texas Rangers vs. Boston Red Sox - 6/25/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Red Sox (40-32) at Texas Rangers (47-26)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 9:20 pm (Globe Life Park)
S Wright (8-4) (2.01) vs. A Griffin (3-0) (2.94)
The Line: Texas Rangers +128 / Boston Red Sox -138 --- Over/Under: 10 See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, FSSW
Saturday evening in MLB action from Globe Life Park, we’re getting another installment of the Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers weekend series.
In Friday’s opener of this series, the Red Sox eked out an 8-7 win. Boston was down three in the ninth inning, but pushed through four runs in a feverish rally to take the victory.
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For Saturday’s game, the Red Sox will be rolling with right-hander Steven Wright on the mound. In his 14 starts and 8-4 record this year, Wright has contributed a nice 2.01 ERA with a 1.10 WHIP in 98.1 innings of work. Wright gave up just one unearned run in nine innings with five hits for a no-decision against the White Sox in his last outing.
The Boston hitters are pretty darn dangerous. Xander Bogaerts has been crushing with a whopping 107 hits, 50 RBI and 56 runs so far. Mookie Betts is up there as well on 94 hits with 65 runs, 16 homers and 53 RBI. Betts had a clutch homer in the ninth inning on Friday. The ageless David Ortiz has put up a team-high 18 homers with 60 RBI, 83 hits and 34 runs.
Over on the Rangers’ side, we’ll be seeing right-hander A.J. Griffin in the starting role Saturday. In six starts and a 3-0 record this year, Griffin has managed a 2.94 ERA with a 1.13 WHIP in 33.2 innings. This will be Griffin’s first appearance since May 7, as he’s been working his way back from a shoulder injury.
The Texas hitters are no slouches either. Ian Desmond leads the team on 92 hits with 52 runs, 12 homers and 48 RBI. Desmond bagged three hits and an RBI on Friday. Nomar Mazara has put up 72 hits with 30 runs, 11 homers and 30 RBI. Rougned Odor holds 72 hits this year with 47 runs, 13 homers and 34 RBI.
The Red Sox are 5-1 in their last six Saturday games, and 5-2 in their last seven game twos of a series. Boston is also 5-1 in Wright’s last six starts and 7-3 in Wright’s last 10 starts with four days’ rest.
Meanwhile, the Rangers are 23-8 in their last 31 Saturday games, and 36-16 in their last 52 game twos of a series. Texas is also 4-0 in Griffin’s last four starts, and 4-1 in Griffin’s last five starts on grass.
This is a great series, and should be a close game. I’m going with the Red Sox and Wright here, however, as I’m not sure what to make of Griffin fresh off an injury.