Chicago Cubs at Texas Rangers
|Date & Time||Thursday March 28, 2019, 4:05 PM (EDT)|
Globe Life Park
Texas Rangers +118 O/U: 9.5
The Chicago Cubs and the Texas Rangers will open up their MLB schedule on Thursday from Globe Life Park.
The Cubs will be sending out lefty Jon Lester on Thursday. In 2018, Lestern put up an 18-6 record along with a 3.32 ERA, 174 hits and 149 strikeouts across 181.2 total innings.
Tops in spring training hitting for the Cubs was Cristhian Adames, with 20 hits, 17 runs, three homers and 16 RBI. Albert Almora also had a nice spring for Chicago with 20 hits, 11 runs, three homers and nine RBI.
Over on the Rangers’ side, they’re going with Mike Minor on Thursday. In his 2018 season, Minor put up a 12-8 record in 157.0 innings, along with a 4.18 ERA, 138 hits and 132 strikeouts.
Leading the way for the Rangers in the spring this year was Hunter Pence with 17 hits, 10 runs, three homers and seven RBI. Elvis Andrus and Ronald Guzman added 16 hits apiece for Texas in preseason action as well.
The Cubs are 47-15 in their last 63 Thursday games and 5-2 in their last seven road games. Chicago is 20-8 in their last 28 versus the AL West and 1-4 in their last five in game one of a series.
Meanwhile, the Rangers are 2-5 in their last seven interleague games and 2-5 in their last seven home games. Texas is 9-23 in their last 32 overall and 1-4 in their last five versus a left-handed starter.
After a disappointing 2017 campaign, Lester bounced back last season and shaved his ERA down more than a full point and won five more games—but his strikeouts took a dip by 31 as well.
As for Minor, he finished last season on a strong clip, with six quality starts in his final nine outings. This should be a fun matchup and it’ll be interesting to see how each of these teams look. I think if Minor can get his late-season mojo back here the Rangers have a good shot at a home win.