Texas Rangers (19-35) at Arizona Diamondbacks (20-34)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 9:10 pm (Chase Field)
Jordan Lyles (1-5) (7.07) vs. Caleb Smith (0-0) (4.50)
The Line: Arizona Diamondbacks -130 / Texas Rangers +120 --- Over/Under: 9.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Texas Rangers and Arizona Diamondbacks meet Tuesday in MLB action at Chase Field.
The Texas Rangers need a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Rangers have scored 15 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last seven games. The Rangers have lost six of their last seven games when scoring three or less runs. Isiah Kiner-Falefa leads the Rangers with 56 hits and eight RBI while Nick Solak and Joey Gallo have combined for 82 hits and 46 RBI. Jordan Lyles gets the ball, and he is 1-5 with a 7.07 ERA and 29 strikeouts this season. Lyles is 3-7 with a 6.45 ERA and 46 strikeouts in his career against the Diamondbacks.
The Arizona Diamondbacks look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Diamondbacks have scored 10 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last eight games. The Diamondbacks have lost 19 straight games when scoring three or less runs. David Peralta leads the Diamondbacks with 54 hits and 30 RBI while Christian Walker and Nick Ahmed have combined for 102 hits and 57 RBI. Caleb Smith gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA and 214 strikeouts this season. Smith is 4-1 with a 1.69 ERA and 10 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.
The Rangers are 17-36 in their last 53 Tuesday games, 16-37 in their last 53 road games and 9-25 in their last 34 overall. The Diamondbacks are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series, 19-8 in their last 27 games following an off day and 7-23 in their last 30 overall. The under is 5-0-1 in Rangers last 6 overall. The over is 5-2-1 in Diamondbacks last 8 overall. The Rangers are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings.
Jordan Lyles has allowed 14 runs and 20 hits in his last 25.1 innings while Caleb Smith has allowed three runs and four hits in his last five innings. This isn't an ideal matchup overall or the best pitching matchup in the world, but the Diamondbacks are the team that's playing the better baseball and it's Lyles who has been absolutely terrible this season. On the road this season through 26.1 innings, Lyles has an ERA of 7.18 and 11 walks to go with 11 strikeouts. No, thank you.
I'll side with the Diamondbacks if forced to pick.