San Francisco Giants (37-22) vs. Texas Rangers (23-38)
June 9, 2021 2:05 pm EDT
The Line: Texas Rangers -123 / San Francisco Giants +113; Over/Under: -8.5
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The San Francisco Giants and the Texas Rangers meet Wednesday in MLB action from Globe Life Field. This will be the second installment in a quick two-game set between these teams this week. In the Tuesday opener, the Giants bagged a five-run win. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
San Francisco played the Cubs over the weekend and did well, winning three of four games. In the Tuesday game versus the Rangers, the Giants notched four runs in the eighth and three more in the ninth in a 9-4 comeback victory. San Francisco put up 12 team hits in the win.
On Wednesday, the Giants are sending Zack Littell to the hill for the start. Littell is making an appearance in place of the injured Logan Webb. This is likely to be an opener-type role.
Over on the Rangers’ side, they played the Rays over the weekend, losing two of three games. In the Tuesday matchup versus San Francisco, Texas had a 4-2 lead going into the eighth but couldn’t hang on. Starter Jordan Lyles went 6.0 innings with one earned on six hits.
For the starter job on Wednesday, the Rangers are sending Kyle Gibson to the hill. Over his 65.2 innings this year, Gibson has 47 hits, 16 runs (15 earned), three homers, 19 walks, 53 Ks and a 2.06 ERA.
The Giants are 8-2 in their last 10 Wednesday games and 12-5 in their last 17 interleague games. The over is 12-3-1 in the Giants’ last 16 in game two of a series and 3-1-1 in their last five Wednesday games.
Meanwhile, the Rangers are 32-66 in their last 98 games on grass and 17-38 in their last 55 interleague games. Texas is 6-20 in their last 26 overall and 1-4 in their last five Wednesday games.
PICK: I’m sticking with the Rangers. If Texas is going to get a win, they’ve got the right guy on the mound in Gibson. He’s coming off 5.1 innings of five-hit, no-earned ball versus the Rays and hasn’t given up more than two earned in any of his last five outings. Provided the Rangers offense can give him some backup, I like Gibson to put Texas in a solid potential spot for a win.