Baltimore Orioles at Texas Rangers
|Date & Time||Wednesday June 5, 2019, 8:05 PM (EDT)|
Globe Life Park
Texas Rangers -180 / Baltimore Orioles +160
The Baltimore Orioles and the Texas Rangers meet in game two of their three game set in MLB action from Globe Life Park on Wednesday.
The Baltimore Orioles will look to build some steam after picking up a 12-11 win over the Rangers in game one on Tuesday. Dwight Smith Jr. led the O’s with a home run, a double and six RBIs while going 3 for 4 at the dish while Pedro Severino had three homers and four RBIs. Keon Broxton added a solo home run while Trey Mancini added an RBI of his own in the win for the O’s. Hanser Alberto went 4 for 5 at the dish while Richie Martin had two hits and Jonathan Villar added a base knock of his own in the victory. Dylan Bundy got the win to improve to 3-6 on the year after allowing three runs on six hits while striking out four over five innings of work. John Means will start game two and is 5-4 with a 2.80 ERA and 45 strikeouts this season. This will be Means’ first career start against Texas.
The Texas Rangers will look to bounce back after dropping the series opener on Tuesday. Shin-Soo Choo went 2 for 5 with a home run and two RBIs while Elvis Andrus, Asdrubal Cabrera and Logan Forsythe each had two RBIs with Cabrera and Forsythe each adding a double. Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Rougned Odor each had an RBI while Ronald Guzman added a double as well in the defeat. Delino DeShields went 2 for 5 while Nomar Mazara added a base knock as well in the losing effort. Drew Smyly took the loss, falling to 1-4 on the year after allowing seven runs on eight hits over 3.1 innings of work. Mike Minor will start game two and is 5-4 with a 2.74 ERA and 80 strikeouts this season. In his career, Minor is 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA and 10 strikeouts against Baltimore.
Baltimore is 0-4 in Means’ last 4 road starts and 15-40 in their last 55 games overall while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 road games. Texas is 7-2 in Minor’s last 9 home starts against a team with a losing record and 6-0 in their last 6 home games against a left-handed starter while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games against the AL East.
The plus money with Baltimore is somewhat tempting given what the O’s did in game one and the fact that Means has been one of Baltimore’s better starters this season. However, the Orioles are still the Orioles, and are bound to regress after a solid showing in game one. Minor has been arguably Texas’ best pitcher, and even in the losing effort, the Rangers have a lot of momentum after scoring six runs in the bottom of the 9th with the comeback bid just falling short. I think the Rangers are just the easier team to trust offensively, so I’ll lay the juice with Texas at home here.