Texas Rangers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 7/16/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arizona Diamondbacks at Texas Rangers
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 7:05 PM (Globe Life Park)
Texas Rangers -164 / Arizona Diamondbacks +151
TV: FS-Arizona, FS-Southwest
The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Texas Rangers meet in game one of a mini two game interleague set in MLB action from Globe Life Park on Tuesday.
The Arizona Diamondbacks will look to rebound after losing their series with the St. Louis Cardinals over the weekend, including a 5-2 loss in the series finale on Sunday. Tim Locastro and Domingo Leyba each had two hits and an RBI to make up Arizona’s scoring as a team in the loss, with Leyba adding a double in a pinch-hitting effort. Adam Jones and Nick Ahmed each had two hits as well to sum up Arizona’s offense in the defeat. Zack Greinke took the loss, falling to 10-4 on the year after allowing five runs on eight hits while striking out six over six innings of work. Alex Young will start game one and is 2-0 with a 0.68 ERA and 9 strikeouts this season. This will be Young’s first career start against Texas.
The Texas Rangers will look to bounce back after settling for a series split with the Houston Astros following a 12-4 loss in Sunday’s series finale. Willie Calhoun went 2 for 4 with an RBI while Danny Santana, Nomar Mazara and Rougned Odor each had an RBI to round out the scoring for the Rangers in the loss. Elvis Andrus added a base hit as Texas cranked out just five hits as a team in the defeat. Ariel Jurado took the loss, falling to 5-5 on the year after allowing five runs on seven hits while walking four and striking out three over four innings of work. Lance Lynn will start the opener and is 12-4 with a 3.69 ERA and 134 strikeouts this season. In his career, Lynn is 6-0 with a 2.80 ERA and 57 strikeouts against Arizona.
Arizona is 1-5 in their last 6 road games and 4-0 in their alt 4 interleague games while the under is 6-0 in their last 6 games overall. Texas is 5-0 in Lynn’s last 5 starts and 5-2 in their last 7 interleague games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 home games.
The plus money with Arizona is tempting considering that the D-Backs have been playing some solid baseball and are right in the thick of the NL Wild Card race in the second half. Young has also pitched very well to start his young career, giving up just one run in 13.1 innings. However, Texas has played well in their own right, and Lynn has been pitching as well as he has been all season, winning each of his last five starts. Lynn has also gone unbeaten at home this season, going 8-0 and has gone unbeaten in his career so far against Arizona. Gotta like the Rangers to bounce back with a victory behind Lynn here.