Colorado Rockies (0-0) at Texas Rangers (0-0)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 4:05 pm (Globe Life Field)
Jon Gray (0-0) (0.00) vs. Mike Minor (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Texas Rangers -105 / Colorado Rockies -115 --- Over/Under: 9 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Colorado Rockies and the Texas Rangers meet Saturday in MLB action from Globe Life Field.
This will be game two of a three-game home opener series for the Rangers. In the Friday game we had a tense, low-scoring battle. The Rangers plated a single run in the sixth inning, but that was good enough for a 1-0 victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The Rockies collected three hits in the defeat on Friday. The thing is, all three of those this came courtesy of David Dahl, who went 3-for-4 with a strikeout. Everyone else came up empty, and as a team Colorado struck out 14 times during this game. Starting pitcher German Marquez finished with 5.2 innings, two hits and one earned with three walks.
For the Saturday game, Colorado will be sending out Jon Gray in the start. Last season, Gray posted an 11-8 record with a 3.84 ERA and 150 strikeouts in 150.0 innings of work. That was improved over his 2018 numbers, when Gray posted a 5.12 ERA in 172.1 innings.
Over on the Rangers’ side, they had a nice pitching performance across the board on Friday. Starter Lance Lynn set the pace on 6.0 innings, two hits, nine strikeouts and four walks. Offensively the lone RBI went to Rougned Odor, who was 1-for-2 with a walk.
In Saturday’s game, Texas will hand off to Mike Minor in the start. Minor had a 14-10 record with a 3.59 ERA and 200 strikeouts in 208.1 innings during 2019. He was Texas’ Pitcher of the Year last season. In seven career starts and two relief outings versus Colorado during his career, Minor has a 3-2 record with a 5.24 ERA.
The Rockies are 15-36 in their last 51 in game two of a series and 8-20 in their last 28 Saturday games. The under is 4-0 in Colorado’s last four in game two of a series and the over is 5-2 in their last seven games versus a left-handed starter.
Meanwhile, the Rangers are 1-4 in their last five in game two of a series and 2-4 in their last six versus the National League West. The over is 4-0 in Texas’ last four Saturday games and 7-1 in their last eight in game two of a series.
Pick: I’m going with Texas. This game is a relative coin flip odds-wise, marked by what should be a very intriguing starting pitching battle. Both Minor and Gray are capable of controlling a game, and this should be another tight battle. The Rangers don’t necessarily have much power in their batting order, but with Minor on the mound I expect things to be manageable. The under is probably worth looking at in this one as well.