Boston Red Sox (22-9) at Texas Rangers (13-20)
|Date & Time||Friday May 4, 2018, 8:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Texas Rangers +150 / Boston Red Sox -160 --- Over/Under: 9.5
The Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers meet Friday in MLB action at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
The Boston Red Sox look for a spark of consistency here after splitting their last 10 games. The Red Sox have allowed 22 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 11 games. The Boston Red Sox have lost seven of their last 12 games when allowing at least three runs. Offensively, J.D. Martinez leads the Red Sox with 39 hits and 24 RBI while Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez have combined for 70 hits and 42 RBI. Rick Porcello gets the ball, and he is 4-0 with a 2.23 ERA and 38 strikeouts this season. Porcello is 6-4 with a 5.52 ERA and 41 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.
The Texas Rangers also look for a victory here after splitting their last 12 games. The Rangers have scored 23 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Texas Rangers have won six of their last nine games when scoring more than two runs. Nomar Mazara leads the Rangers with 35 hits and 22 RBI while Shin-Soo Choo and Joey Gallo have combined for 60 hits and 37 RBI. Bartolo Colon gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 2.87 ERA and 21 strikeouts this season. Colon is 9-11 with a 3.76 ERA and 146 strikeouts in his career against the Red Sox.
The Red Sox are 16-6 in their last 22 Friday games, 6-1 in Porcellos last 7 road starts and 5-1 in Porcellos last 6 starts. The Rangers are 8-3 in their last 11 during game 2 of a series, 11-25 in their last 36 games on grass and 6-20 in their last 26 home games. The Red Sox are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings and the over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Texas Rangers are finding ways to win games lately, but the pitching staff continues to be awful and it's only a matter of time before the losses return. Colon is having one of his better seasons as of late, but he's approaching 45 years old and has allowed a combined seven earned runs in his last two starts. Porcello has allowed no more than three runs in all six of his starts and is allowing a .199 batting average this season. It's hard not to like the Boston Red Sox to get a bounce back road victory here.