Texas Rangers vs. Colorado Rockies - 7/26/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas Rangers vs. Colorado Rockies - 7/26/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Rockies (1-1) at Texas Rangers (1-1)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 2:35 pm (Globe Life Field)

Kyle Freeland (0-0) (0.00) vs. Corey Kluber (0-0) (0.00)

The Line: Texas Rangers -145 / Colorado Rockies +135 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Colorado Rockies and the Texas Rangers meet in the finale of their three-game interleague set in MLB action from Globe Life Field on Sunday.

The Colorado Rockies will look to build off of a 3-2 win over Texas on Saturday. David Dahl, Matt Kemp and Ryan McMahon each had an RBI to round out the scoring for Colorado in the win while Garrett Hampson added a double. Travor Story, Nolan Arenado and Drew Butera each had a base hit to cap off Colorado’s offense as the Rockies had just six hits as a team in the winning effort. Jon Gray gave up one run on three hits while striking out three over 4.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Daniel Bard got the win to improve to 1-0 while Wade Davis picked up the save after closing out the 9th. Kyle Freeland will start game three and was 3-11 with a 6.73 ERA and 79 strikeouts last season. This will be Freeland’s second career start against Texas.

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The Texas Rangers on the other hand will try to rebound after dropping game two on Saturday. Joey Gallo went 2 for 4 with an RBI while Shin-Soo Choo added an RBI as well to round out Texas’ scoring as a team in the losing effort. Jeff Mathis had a triple while Nick Solak, Ronald Guzman, Todd Frazier and Rougned Odor each had a base hit to round out Texas’ offense as a team in the loss. Mike Minor ended up with the loss, falling to 0-1 after allowing one run on three hits while striking out six over five innings of work. Corey Kluber will start game three and will make his Rangers debut after going 2-3 with a 5.80 ERA for Cleveland last season. In his career, Kluber is 2-0 with a 1.65 ERA and 23 strikeouts against Colorado.

Colorado is 15-40 in their last 55 road games and 1-5 in their last 6 games against the AL West while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 interleague games against a right-handed starter. Texas is 0-4 in their last 4 games against a left-handed starter and 5-1 in their last 6 game three matchups while the over is 7-2 in their last 9 games overall. Colorado is 3-8 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams.

Freeland was a strange situation last year, as he went from being the potential staff ace for Colorado in 2018, to having an ERA just short of seven last year. Freeland’s problem was that he had an ERA over nine at home and while his ERA on the road was slashed in half, he still went just 1-7 in 12 starts. Kluber may have had an injury-riddled 2019, but maybe the Rangers represent a new beginning for Kluber and he can get back to being the strikeout artist we’ve become accustomed to seeing over the years. The two sides were even in the first two games so for the rubber match I think the Rangers’ edge on the mound is the difference. I’ll side with Texas to pick up the win in the finale.

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