Baltimore Orioles at Texas Rangers
|Date & Time||Thursday June 6, 2019, 8:05 PM (EDT)|
Globe Life Park
Texas Rangers -150 / Baltimore Orioles +130
The Baltimore Orioles and the Texas Rangers meet in the rubber match of their three game set in MLB action from Globe Life Park on Thursday.
The Baltimore Orioles will look to win the set after dropping game two on Wednesday in extra innings by a final score of 2-1. Richie Martin’s solo home run was the lone run the Orioles would score, and the only extra base hit for the O’s in defeat. Hanser Alberto went 2 for 6 while Trey Mancini, Renato Nunez, Jonathan Villar, Rio Ruiz and DJ Stewart each chipped in base hits as well in the loss. John Means allowed one run on four hits while striking out five over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Paul Fry took the loss, falling to 0-3 on the year in defeat. David Hess will start game three and is 1-7 with a 7.36 ERA and 48 strikeouts this season. This will be Hess’ second career start against Texas.
The Texas Rangers will look to take the set after emerging victorious in game two on Wednesday. Delino DeShields went 4 for 6 with an RBI while Elvis Andrus had two hits with a double and an RBI to round out Texas’ scoring as a team in the win. Asdrubal Cabrera went 2 for 5 while Jeff Mathis chipped in a base hit of his own to cap off Texas’ offense as a team in the victory. Mike Minor threw 5.1 shutout innings, allowing seven hits while striking out six, not factoring in the decision. Jeffrey Springs ended up with the victory to improve to 3-1 on the year. Ariel Jurado will start game three and is 2-2 with a 2.43 ERA and 22 strikeouts this season. This will be Jurado’s second career start against Baltimore.
Baltimore is 15-63 in their last 78 road games against a right-handed starter, 4-23 in Hess’ last 27 starts, 2-14 in Hess’ last 16 road starts and 0-12 in Hess’ last 12 starts against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. Texas is 6-2 in their last 8 games overall and 8-2 in their last 10 home games while the under is 7-1 in their last 8 home games.
I know the teams have split a pair of one run games in each of the first two games of the set, but in all honesty, I’m surprised Texas isn’t a bigger favorite here. Jurado isn’t a consistent starter, but he’s allowed just two earned runs in each of his last three starts. Baltimore is still a profitable fade more often than not, especially with Hess on the mound who is a walking Christmas tree, getting lit up every time he takes the mound. Hess has allowed three runs in each of his last ten starts, including at least five runs in each of the last four. I just think Hess is an auto-fade every time he takes the ball, so give me Texas for the series win on Thursday.