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Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Texas Rangers - 4/9/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Texas Rangers at Arizona Diamondbacks
Date & Time Tuesday April 9, 2019, 9:40 PM (EDT)
Location
Chase Field
Phoenix, AZ
The Line
Arizona Diamondbacks -135 / Texas Rangers +124
TV Channel
FS-Arizona, FS-Southwest
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The Texas Rangers and the Arizona Diamondbacks meet in game one of a mini two-game interleague set from Chase Field in MLB action on Tuesday night.

The Texas Rangers will look to rebound after dropping their last 3 games in a row, losing to the Angels by a final score of 7-2 on Sunday. Joey Gallo accounted for both Texas runs in the losing effort, going 1 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs. Nomar Mazara went 2 for 3 and Logan Forsythe had a double while Elvis Andrus and Isiah Kiner-Falefa each chipped in a base knock as well in the loss. Shelby Miller took the loss, falling to 0-1 after allowing four runs on four hits while walking three over two innings of work. Mike Minor will start game one and is 1-1 with a 4.63 ERA and 10 strikeouts this season. In his career, Minor is 2-0 with a 1.08 ERA and 16 strikeouts against Arizona.

The Arizona Diamondbacks will look to bounce back after dropping the finale of their series against Boston, failing to complete the sweep with a 1-0 loss in the series finale on Sunday. David Peralta and Christian Walker each logged a double while John Ryan Murphy contributed a base hit of his own as Arizona cranked out just three hits as a team in the losing effort with the rest of the D-Backs batting 0 for 19 at the dish with 4 strikeouts. Merrill Kelly went eight innings, allowing just one run on four hits while striking out nine, ending up the hard luck loser, falling to 1-1 on the year. Zack Greinke will start game one and is 1-1 with a 9.31 ERA and 13 strikeouts this season. In his career, Greinke is 3-6 with a 2.82 ERA and 84 strikeouts against Texas.

Texas is 4-1 in Minor’s last 5 road starts and 7-21 in their last 28 road games while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 interleague games. Arizona is 25-12 in Greinke’s last 37 home starts and 4-1 in their last 5 home games while the over is 7-2-1 in their last 10 games overall. Texas is 2-5 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

Greinke has been hit hard in both of his starts this season, but the D-Backs ace buckled down a bit more, giving up just three runs in six innings last time out, and will be eager to take the mound at home after boasting a 2.55 ERA at Chase Field last season. Minor looked good in his bounce back start, tossing seven shutout innings, but the fact is that Minor will be making his first start on the road after owning an ERA over five away from home last season. I just trust Arizona with Greinke more than I do Texas with Minor, especially since Texas’ bats have cooled off, so I’ll lay the juice with Arizona at home here.

Pick:
Arizona Diamondbacks -135

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