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Boston Red Sox vs. Texas Rangers - 7/9/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas Rangers (40-51) at Boston Red Sox (62-29)
Date & Time Monday July 9, 2018, 7:10 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Boston Red Sox -200 / Texas Rangers +185 --- Over/Under: 9.5
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MLB | Texas Rangers (40-51) at Boston Red Sox (62-29)
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The Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox meet Monday in MLB action at Fenway Park.

The Texas Rangers look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Rangers have scored six runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 12 games. The Texas Rangers have won 13 of their last 16 games when scoring at least three runs. Shin-Soo Choo leads the Rangers with 68 hits and 42 RBI while Nomar Mazara and Jurickson Profar have combined for 163 hits and 102 RBI. Mike Minor gets the ball, and he is 6-4 with a 4.63 ERA and 74 strikeouts this season. Minor is 1-2 with a 3.86 ERA and 19 strikeouts in his career against the Red Sox.

The Boston Red Sox look to stay hot while building on their six-game winning streak. The Red Sox have scored 32 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Boston Red Sox have won 11 straight games when scoring more than one run. J.D. Martinez leads the Red Sox with 108 hits and 74 RBI while Andrew Benintendi and Mookie Betts have combined for 192 hits and 99 RBI. Eduardo Rodriguez gets the ball, and he is 10-3 with a 3.84 ERA and 100 strikeouts this season. Rodriguez is 1-0 with a 3.29 ERA and 17 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.

The Rangers are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 1 of a series, 3-8 in their last 11 Monday games and 0-8 in their last 8 vs. a team with a winning record. The Red Sox are 5-1 in their last 6 Monday games, 4-1 in Rodriguezs last 5 home starts and 17-5 in Rodriguezs last 22 starts. The Rangers are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Boston and 2-9 in the last 11 meetings.

Minor has been solid recently, allowing three or less runs in four of his last five starts, but he has an ERA over six with an allowed batting average of .303 on the road. Rodriguez has been hit hard recently, but he still has impressive numbers overall on the season, and the Red Sox have won 14 of the 17 games in which he's pitched. The Texas Rangers have turned their season around a bit over the last month, but they've done so against losing teams. The Boston Red Sox remain one of the hottest and consistent teams in baseball. Give me the home team and the RL to add value to the bet.

Boston Red Sox -1.5

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