Boston Red Sox (21-26) at Texas Rangers (23-24)
|Date & Time||Friday May 29, 2015, 8:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Texas Rangers -129 / Boston Red Sox +119 --- Over/Under: 9
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The Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers play game two of their four-game series Friday night.
The Boston Red Sox look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Red Sox have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Red Sox have won five of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Dustin Pedroia leads Boston with 56 hits and 21 RBI while Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez have combined for 49 RBI. The Boston Red Sox have lost four of their last five road games. Steven Wright gets the nod, and he’s 2-1 with a 3.68 ERA and 11 strikeouts this season. This will be Wright’s first career game against the Rangers.
The Texas Rangers look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Rangers have scored eight runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Rangers have won six straight games when scoring more than three runs. Prince Fielder leads Texas with 70 hits and 38 RBI while Shin-Soo Choo and Adrian Beltre have combined for 39 RBI. The Texas Rangers have lost four of their last five home games. Yovani Gallardo takes the hill, and he’s 4-6 with a 4.13 ERA and 40 strikeouts this season. Gallardo is 1-2 with a 5.52 ERA and nine strikeouts in his career against the Red Sox.
The Red Sox are 2-10 in their last 12 during game 2 of a series and 3-6 in their last 9 overall. The Rangers are 6-1 in their last 7 games vs. a right-handed starter and 2-5 in Gallardos last 7 starts. The Red Sox are 3-5 in the last 8 meetings in Texas.
Gallardo just hasn't been his usual self this season and the Rangers haven't been nearly as successful at home as they have on the road. The Red Sox are also the better team, so the value of the plus money here is the play.