Boston Red Sox vs Texas Rangers Prediction, Pick and Preview, September 2 (9/2): MLB

Boston Red Sox vs Texas Rangers Prediction, Pick and Preview, September 2 (9/2): MLB

Credit: photo by   Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

 

Odds

Time 7:10 p.m. EST
Rangers money line +153
Rangers run line +1.5 (-125)
Red Sox money line -185
Red Sox run line -1.5 (+105)
Over / under 9.5

 

Key stats

  Texas Rangers  Boston Red Sox
Record 58-72 64-68
Home / road record 30-34 32-34
Last 10 record 4-6 4-6
Streak L5 W2
Over / under record 65-55-10 61-61-10
Runs / game 4.53 4.50
Runs allowed / game 4.50 4.91

 

Preview

The Boston Red Sox and the Texas Rangers will play the 2nd game of the series at the Fenway Park on Friday. The Red Sox took the win 9-8 in the first game of the series. Rob Refsnyder hit a game-ending single in a four-run ninth inning for Boston.

 

Texas Rangers

The Rangers get here with a 58-72 record and have lost their last 5 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:  Dallas Keuchel (2-8, 9.00 ERA)

Keuchel will be on the mound in the 2nd game of the series for Texas. This season, Keuchel has pitched for the White Sox, Diamondbacks, and Rangers, totaling 13 starts and 56 innings with an 8.84 ERA and 2.05 WHIP. He has a record of 2-2 with an ERA of 8.27 and 24 strikeouts in 7 appearances against the Red Sox in his career.

Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox get here with a 64-68 record and have lost 3 of their last 5 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:  Nick Pivetta (9-10, 4.40 ERA)

Pivetta will be on the mound in the 2nd game of the series for the Red Sox. Pivetta allowed five runs on eight hits and three walks over five innings Sunday, striking out four and taking a loss against the Rays. He has a 1-0 record with an ERA of 1.54 and 9 strikeouts in 2 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 5 games in a row but the offense woke up in the 1st game of the series vs Red Sox scoring 8 runs but still lost the game. For this game they'll send Dallas Keuchel to the mound who is one of the worst pitchers in the league and was pounded by the Red Sox the last time he faced them. The Red Sox will send Pivetta to the mound who struggled in his last start but has dominated the Rangers in his career. The Red Sox have been playing better offense than the Rangers and Keuchel is just awful. Take the Red Sox.

PICK: Red Sox -1.5 (+105)

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