Boston Red Sox vs. Texas Rangers - 7/5/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Rangers (52-31) at Boston Red Sox (44-37)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)
A Griffin (3-0) (2.93) vs. D Price (8-5) (4.74)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -200 / Texas Rangers +185 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSW, NESN
Coming up Tuesday in MLB action from historic Fenway Park, the Texas Rangers and the Boston Red Sox will be resuming their series.
This will be game two of the set. In Monday’s opener, the Red Sox secured a rousing 12-5 victory in a game that featured a whopping 37 hits overall.
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For Tuesday’s game, the Rangers will be bringing out right-hander A.J. Griffin. In his eight starts and 3-0 record this year, Griffin holds a pretty clean 2.93 ERA with a 1.09 WHIP in 43 innings. In his last start Thursday against the Yankees, Griffin gave up just one run on two hits in five innings.
The Rangers have some pretty interesting names at the plate. Ian Desmond heads the charge on 105 hits with 61 runs, 15 homers and 52 RBI. Adrian Beltre has put up 85 hits with 43 runs, 12 homers and 53 RBI. Rougned Odor is sitting on 84 hits with 36 runs, 12 homers and 38 RBI. Odor bagged a homer and three RBI on Monday.
Southpaw David Price will be taking the mound Tuesday for the Red Sox. In his 17 starts and 8-5 record this year, Price has put up a 4.74 ERA with a 1.24 WHIP in 108.1 innings. In a loss against Tampa Bay his last time out, Price went 6.1 innings with nine hits and four earned.
Boston has several big hitters in their lineup as well. Xander Bogaerts has put up 114 hits with 62 runs, nine homers and 51 RBI. Mookie Betts holds 108 hits with 71 runs, 18 homers and 57 RBI. Betts managed a homer in Monday’s game. Dustin Pedroia isn’t far back with 101 hits, 52 runs and 34 RBI thus far.
The Rangers are 5-1 in their last six Tuesday games, and 5-1 in their last six versus a left-handed starter. Texas is also 36-15 in their last 51 game twos of a series, and 5-1 in Griffin’s last six starts.
As for the Red Sox, they’re 6-1 in their last seven home games against a right-handed starter, and 6-1 in their last seven games overall against a right-handed starter. Boston is also 13-5 in their last 18 against the American league West and 10-4 in their last 14 home games against a team with a winning road record.
Price has been shaky on the mound lately, so I’ll go with the Rangers for the win here.