Baltimore Orioles (33-77) at Texas Rangers (48-63)
|Date & Time||Sunday August 5, 2018, 3:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Texas Rangers -130 / Baltimore Orioles +110 --- Over/Under: 11.5
The Baltimore Orioles and the Texas Rangers meet in the finale of their four game set from Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas on Sunday.
The Baltimore Orioles will look to salvage a win and avoid the sweep after dropping the first three games of the set following a 3-1 loss in game three on Saturday. Mark Trumbo went 2 for 5 and accounted for the lone Orioles run in the loss, while Tim Beckham added a double and Adam Jones and Renato Nunez each had a base hit as the O’s mustered up just five hits as a team in the loss. Dylan Bundy took the loss to fall to 7-10 this season, allowing two runs, one earned, on seven hits while striking out six over six innings of work. Yefry Ramirez will start the finale and is 1-4 with a 4.59 ERA and 34 strikeouts this season. This will be Ramirez’s second career start against Texas.
The Texas Rangers will be looking to complete the four game sweep after their victory on Saturday. Joey Gallo led the Rangers with two RBIs, going 1 for 4 with a home run while Rougned Odor added a solo homer of his own going 2 for 3 at the dish. Isiah Kiner-Falefa added a pair of hits and Elvis Andrus chipped in a double while Jurickson Profar and Willie Calhoun each added a base hit as well in the victory. Mike Minor got the win to improve to 8-6 this season after allowing one run on four hits while striking out six over seven innings of work. Jose Leclerc closed out the 9th for his 1st save of the year. Martin Perez will start game four and is 2-4 with a 6.50 ERA and 30 strikeouts this season. In his career, Perez is 2-4 with a 5.36 ERA and 29 strikeouts against Baltimore.
Baltimore is 15-56 in their last 71 road games and 7-20 in their last 27 games against the AL West while the over is 7-1 in their last 8 games overall. Texas is 21-8 in Perez’s last 29 home starts against a team with a losing record and 7-1 in their last 8 games overall while the over is 5-2-2 in Perez’s last 9 starts overall. Baltimore is 3-11 in the last 14 meetings between these two teams in Texas.
Ramirez did hold the Rangers to five shutout innings a few weeks ago, but the issue for me is that Ramirez is coming off of a start where he allowed six runs in five innings. Granted that start came against the Yankees, but the Rangers have outplayed the Orioles in every way in this series. Perez has been up and down, but the fact is that Perez has allowed just one run in three of his four starts since coming off of the DL, and I think that Texas can stay hot and complete the sweep here.