Boston Red Sox vs Texas Rangers Prediction, Pick and Preview, September 1 (9/1): MLB

Boston Red Sox vs Texas Rangers Prediction, Pick and Preview, September 1 (9/1): MLB

Credit: photo by   Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

 

Odds

Time 7:10 p.m. EST
Rangers money line +134
Rangers run line +1.5 (-140)
Red Sox money line -160
Red Sox run line -1.5 (-120)
Over / under 9.5

 

Key stats

  Texas Rangers  Boston Red Sox
Record 58-71 63-68
Home / road record 30-33 31-34
Last 10 record 5-5 3-7
Streak L4 W1
Over / under record 64-55-10 60-61-10
Runs / game 4.53 4.50
Runs allowed / game 4.50 4.91

 

Preview

The Boston Red Sox and the Texas Rangers will meet again to play a 4-game series at the Fenway Park. The Rangers lost their last series against the Astros and the Red Sox lost 2 of 3 rimes vs Twins and are 2-1 vs Rangers this season.

 

Texas Rangers

The Rangers get here with a 58-71 record and have lost their last 4 games. The team is averaging 4.53 runs per game and they're batting for .244 AVG, have 584 runs scored in 1069 hits and 159 home runs, ranking #9 in offense in the league behind the Milwaukee Brewers. Adolis Garcia leads with 80 RBI and 21 home runs while Corey Seager has 29 homers and 69 RBI.

Defensively as they are allowing 4.50 runs per game and rank #20 in the league. Martin Perez leads the pitching staff with a 2.89 ERA, 144 strikeouts and 10 wins recorded for the Rangers.

Probable Pitcher:  Glenn Otto (6-8, 4.79 ERA)

Otto will be on the mound in the 1st game of the series for Texas. Otto earned the win against the Tigers on Friday, allowing four runs on five hits while striking out three and walking two over five innings. He has allowed 8 runs on 8 hits with 4 walks and 4 strikeouts in 4 innings versus the Red Sox in his career. He has been charged with the loss.

Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox get here with a 63-68 record and have lost 3 of their last 4 games. The team is averaging 4.50 runs per game. They're batting for .257 AVG, 589 runs scored in 1167 hits and 124 home runs, ranking #11 in offense in the league, behind the Milwaukee Brewers. Rafael Devers is leading the team with 25 home runs and 66 RBI, batting for .306 AVG.

Defensively they are allowing 4.91 runs per game and rank #25 in the league. Nick Pivetta leads the team with 9 wins recorded with a 4.40 ERA and 143 strikeouts.

Probable Pitcher:  Rich Hill (6-5, 4.32 ERA)

Hill will be on the mound in the 1st game of the series for the Red Sox. Hill (6-5) earned the win Saturday, allowing zero runs on three hits and one walk over seven innings in a 5-1 win over the Rays. He struck out 11. He has a record of 3-0 with an ERA of 2.86 and 15 strikeouts in 6 appearances versus the Rangers in his career.

 

BETTING TRENDS

Texas are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games against Boston.

Texas are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games on the road.

Texas are 3-11 SU in their last 14 games when playing on the road against Boston.

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games at home.

Boston are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against Texas.

 

Prediction

The Rangers have lost 4 games in a row and struggled offensively in their last series vs Astros. For this series opener they'll send Glenn Otto to the mound who who struggled in his last start and was pounded by the Red Sox the last time they met. The Red Sox will send Rich Hill to the mound who has been solid lately allowing 2 runs in his last 12 innings pitched and already beat the Rangers earlier this season. The Red Sox have been playing better offense than the Rangers and Hill dominated before so go with the Red Sox at home.

PICK: Red Sox ML (-160)

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