Texas Rangers (41-54) at Baltimore Orioles (26-69)
|Date & Time||Tuesday July 15, 1980, 11:48 AM (EDT)|
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The Line: Baltimore Orioles +120 / Texas Rangers -130 --- Over/Under: 9.5
On Sunday from Oriole Park, the Texas Rangers and the Baltimore Orioles will be finishing up their pre-All-Star MLB schedule.
In the Friday opener of this set, the Rangers eked out a 5-4 win. On Saturday, Baltimore returned the favor with a 1-0 victory.
For the Sunday game, the Rangers will be bringing out LHP Mike Minor. Across his 96.2 innings and 6-5 record this year, Minor has a 4.56 ERA with 78 Ks.
Shin-Soo Choo is the lead hitter for the Rangers, coming into the weekend on 99 hits, 52 runs, 17 homers and 42 RBI. In game two, Choo had one hit.
The Orioles were going to be bringing out Jimmy Yacabonis for a spot start on Sunday, but it looks like his recent strep throat will push him off of that plan and Baltimore will roll with Miguel Castro.
Tops in hitting for the O’s this year is Manny Machado, who came into the weekend on 113 hits, 46 runs, 23 homers and 64 RBI. On Saturday, Machado was 1-for-3.
The Rangers are 16-35 in their last 51 Sunday games and 1-4 in their last five in game three of a series. The under is 4-1-1 in the Rangers’ last six in game three of a series and 7-3-1 in their last 11 Sunday games.
Meanwhile, the Orioles are 2-5 in their last seven Sunday games and 6-23 in their last 29 during game three of a series. The over is 5-0-1 in the Orioles’ last six Sunday games and 4-0-1 in their last five in game three of a series.
Minor has been rolling along quite well lately, and he’s allowed three earned runs or less in each of his last six starts, bringing his ERA down more than one point in that time. I don’t think Baltimore will offer him much trouble outside of a few hitters (hello, Manny and Adam), so I’m going Rangers here, even though Castro does provide a decent pitching matchup.