San Francisco Giants vs. Texas Rangers - 7/31/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Francisco Giants vs. Texas Rangers - 7/31/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Rangers (2-3) at San Francisco Giants (3-3)

MLB Baseball: Friday, July 31, 2020 at 9:10 pm (Oracle Park)

Mike Minor (0-1) (1.80) vs. Logan Webb (0-0) (2.25)

The Line: San Francisco Giants +125 / Texas Rangers -145 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Texas Rangers and the San Francisco Giants meet in MLB action from Oracle Park on Friday night.

The Texas Rangers will try to build off of a 7-4 win over Arizona last time out. Joey Gallo had a home run and two RBIs and Elvis Andrus went 2 for 4 with two RBIs as well while Nick Solak, Todd Frazier and Jose Trevino each had a base hit as well in the win with Frazier going 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles. Isiah Kiner-Falefa also had a base hit as well in the victory. Lance Lynn gave up no earned runs on one hit with 8 strikeouts over six innings of work. Jonathan Hernandez got the win to pick up the win in relief while Nick Goody closed out the 9th for his 1st save of the year. Mike Minor will start this one and is 0-1 with a 1.80 ERA and 6 strikeouts this season. This will be Minor’s first career start against San Francisco.

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The San Francisco Giants will try to rebound after a 12-7 loss to San Diego last time out. Donovan Solano led the Giants with a 4 for 5 night with two RBIs and three doubles while Mike Yastrzemski went 2 for 4 with a triple and an RBI. Alex Dickerson, Evan Longoria, Austin Slater and Wilmer Flores each had an RBI to round out the Giants’ scoring in the loss while Steven Duggar chipped in a base hit as well in defeat. Kevin Gausman allowed three runs on six hits while striking out eight over 4.1 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Taylor Rogers took the loss, falling to 1-2 on the year as a result. Logan Webb will start this one and was 3-0 with a 5.22 ERA last season. This will be Webb’s first career start against Texas.

Texas is 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 3-8 in their last 11 interleague games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a right-handed starter. San Francisco is 0-5 in their last 5 series opening matchups and 4-9 in their last 13 games as an underdog while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 interleague games.

Minor is arguably Texas’ best pitcher, if not best, then top two alongside Lance Lynn. But the issue is that Minor can pitch as well as he wants, but the Rangers won’t win games if they can’t score and I’m not willing to think they’ve changed after one game against an Arizona bullpen that choked up a lead late. San Francisco hasn’t been the most consistent team in terms of keeping runs off of the board, but the Giants are battling and hanging around offensively and are actually easier to trust than the Rangers in that regard. If the Giants can put up a couple of runs, it may end up being enough so I’ll take a stab at San Francisco at plus money here.

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