Texas Rangers at Cincinnati Reds
|Date & Time||Sunday June 16, 2019, 1:10 PM (EDT)|
Great American Ballpark
Cincinnati Reds -160 / Texas Rangers +140
The Texas Rangers and the Cincinnati Reds meet in the finale of their three game interleague set in MLB action from Great American Ballpark on Sunday.
The Texas Rangers will look to complete the sweep of the Reds after taking the first two games of the series following a 4-3 win in game two on Saturday. Jeff Mathis went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI while Asdrubal Cabrera, Elvis Andrus and Shin-Soo Choo each had RBIs as well in the victory. Danny Santana went 2 for 4 and Rougned Odor had a double while Nomar Mazara added a base knock as well in the winning effort. Mike Minor got the win to improve to 6-4 on the year after giving up three runs on four hits while walking four and striking out six over 6.1 innings of work. Shawn Kelley closed out the 9th for his 8th save of the year. Ariel Jurado will start game three and is 4-2 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 strikeouts this season. This will be Jurado’s first career start against Cincinnati.
The Cincinnati Reds will look to salvage a win and avoid the sweep after dropping the first two games of the set following their defeat on Saturday. Yasiel Puig had a home run and two RBIs while Curt Casali added a solo home run of his own to round out the Reds’ scoring as a team in the loss. Eugenio Suarez and Kyle Farmer each chipped in base hits as well to finish off Cincinnati’s offense as a team in the losing effort. Tanner Roark took the loss, falling to 4-6 on the year after allowing four runs, two earned, on eight hits while striking out five over seven innings of work. Sonny Gray will start game three and is 2-5 with a 4.64 ERA and 71 strikeouts this season. In his career, Gray is 8-3 with a 2.72 ERA and 75 strikeouts against Texas.
Texas is 5-2 in their last 7 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 interleague games while the under is 11-5 in their last 16 games overall. Cincinnati is 4-1 in Gray’s last 5 starts and 0-6 in their last 6 interleague home games while the under is 56-25-3 in their last 84 games overall.
I can understand Cincinnati being favored because Gray is at home and he’s pitched well lately and has also had a lot of success in his career against the Rangers. However, the Reds continue to have issues in interleague play and Texas has easily been the better team in the first two games of the set and are also the team in much better form coming into this one. Jurado has also been solid in a starting role this season, so I’ll take a shot with the Rangers and the plus money on Sunday.