Rangers vs Diamondbacks Prediction, Pick and Preview, September 7 (9/7): MLB

Rangers vs Diamondbacks Prediction, Pick and Preview, September 7 (9/7): MLB

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Odds
Time 9:40 p.m. EST
Rangers money line +141
Rangers run line +1.5 (-150)
Diamondbacks money line -162
Diamondbacks run line -1.5 (+130)
Over / under 8 (-115)

 

Key stats
  Rangers Diamondbacks
Record 49-88 45-93
Road / home record 18-51 28-41
Last 10 record 5-5 2-8
Streak 2W 3L
Over / under record 66-64-7 74-59-5
Runs / game 3.87 4.21
Runs allowed / game 4.92 5.59

 

Preview

Tonight the Rangers will continue their road trip when they take on the Diamondbacks in Arizona for a quick 2 game series.  Both teams enter this game sitting at the bottom their divisions, with zero chance to make the playoffs. It's hard to find any positives for either of these teams coming into this one, both have struggled with pitching and hitting and have been getting some looks at their younger prospects through out the year.  

Pitching matchup

Rangers

Spencer Howard (0-1, 9.82 ERA) will take the mound tonight for the Texas Rangers.  He enters this game with a 1.77 WHIP and 5.01 XFIP.  He carries a nice 24.1% strikeout rate paired with a high 11.7% walk rate this season.  Since being added to the Rangers he has thrown 7.1 innings, allowing 8 ER's, striking out 9 hitters, and allowing 2 Hr's in that span. He has been abysmal this year to say the least.  Although his strikeout rate sits at a nice spot, his inability to command his pitches, and the contact and power he gives up has been what has hurt him this year.  He will benefit from facing a weak Diamonbacks team who have struggled all year, but it could also be another disastrous outting for Howard.  

Diamondbacks

Zac Gallen (2-8, 4.34 ERA) will be on the mound to take on the Rangers. Gallen enters this game with a 1.32 WHIP and 4.44 XFIP.  This season he has a nice 26.8% srikeout rate followed up with a high 10.4% walk rate.  Gallen's walk issues and power allowed to right handed hitters have been his downfall this year, along with being backed by a poor offense.  He has a good chance to pick up his 3rd win of the season tonight against a Rangers team projected to put out a lineup that strikes out against right handed pitchers at a 25.3% clip this season. If he can keep his walks down tonight he should have no problem navigating this weak Rangers lineup. 

Prediction

I think Gallen comes into this game and has nice outting and takes care of this Rangers team pretty easily. The Arizona offense should be able to show signs of life against a vulnerbale pitcher and bullpen and put some runs up on the scoreboard.

PICK: Diamondbacks -1.5 (+130)

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