Texas Rangers versus Boston Red Sox (June 10)
The Texas Rangers, second in the AL West, head to Boston to take on the Red Sox, currently third in the AL East.
Mike Minor is scheduled to pitch for the Rangers and Chris Sale will be the ball for the Red Sox.
The Rangers have been an offensive machine this season, having hit 89 home runs and averaging 5.6 runs per game.
Joey Gallo leads the team in home runs with 17 and is tied with Hunter Pence for the club lead in RBI with 41.
Pence has also added 13 home runs, while Shin-Soo Choo has contributed 11 home runs to the power trio.
Asdrubal Cabrera and Elvis Andrus have also been significant contributors, each with over 30 RBI.
The Red Sox are also among the best offensive teams, having hit 89 home runs and averaging 5.4 runs per game.
Five players on the team have surpassed ten home runs, lead by Mitch Moreland’s 13.
Xander Bogaerts leads the team in RBI with 41, followed by Rafael Devers, who has 40 and a .311 batting average.
J.D. Martinez has added 12 home runs and Mookie Betts has 10.
On the mound, Mike Minor has been stellar for the Rangers, posting a 2.54 ERA with 87 strikeouts and only eight home runs allowed in 81 1/3 innings.
Jose Lecler and Jesse Chavez have a combined ERA of 4.21 in 63 innings out of the bullpen.
Shawn Kelley has been very impressivie in 22 2/3 innings, posting a 2.38 ERA and he, along with Leclerc have 12 saves combined.
As a team, the Rangers are allowing 5.2 runs per game.
Chris Sale is having a peculiar season. In 77 1/3 innings, he’s allowed only 58 hits and 19 walks, while striking out 110.
However, his record is only 2-7 with a relatively high 3.84 ERA.
Marcus Walden has been the most frequently used reliever and has posted an ERA just north of two in 34 2/3 innings.
Brandon Workman, Ryan Brasier and Matt Barnes have been very reliable as well, posting a combined ERA of 3.01 in 77 2/3 innings.
As a tream, the Red Sox are giving up 4.7 runs per game.
Both of the teams score in bunches, on average.
However, they are facing pitchers that are quite a bit above average.
Both starting pitchers do a solid job keeping the ball in the park, which should further lower the offensive output.
Look for a tight game with an edge to the Red Sox playing at home.
A 4-3 win for the Red Sox is not out of the question, meaning taking the “under” is a solid choice.