Texas Rangers (16-22) at Boston Red Sox (18-20)
|Date & Time||Wednesday May 20, 2015, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Boston Red Sox -161 / Texas Rangers +151 --- Over/Under: 9.5
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The Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox play game two of their series Wednesday night.
The Texas Rangers look for a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Rangers have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Rangers have won six of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Prince Fielder leads Texas with 54 hits and 23 RBI while Shin-Soo Choo and Elvis Andrus have combined for 27 RBI. The Texas Rangers have won five of their last eight games on the road. Phil Klein gets the nod, and he’s 0-0 with a 7.71 ERA and three strikeouts this season. This will be Klein’s first career game against the Red Sox.
The Boston Red Sox look for a win after winning six of their last nine games. The Red Sox have scored eight runs in their last three games and four of their last nine games. The Red Sox have won four straight games when scoring more than three runs. Dustin Pedroia leads Boston with 42 hits and 15 RBI while Hanley Ramirez and Mookie Betts have combined for 43 RBI. The Boston Red Sox have lost five of their last seven games at home. Joe Kelly takes the hill, and he’s 1-2 with a 5.58 ERA and 36 strikeouts this season. This will be Kelly’s first career game against the Rangers.
The Rangers are 16-35 in their last 51 vs. American League East and 17-38 in their last 55 during game 2 of a series. The Red Sox are 1-8 in their last 9 during game 2 of a series and 7-3 in Kellys last 10 starts. The Rangers are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings.
The Red Sox are too good to be losing in their small ball park. With Kelly on the mound against the Rangers, I'll take Boston to win by two runs to give my wager more value.