Texas Rangers at Boston Red Sox Free MLB Picks & Odds
by Guy Bruhn - 4/6/2014
Monday, April 7, 7:10 PM on ESPN, FSSW, NESN
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
Texas - Scheppers, T (0-0) vs. Boston - Lackey, J (1-0)
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On Monday night, the Texas Rangers will send Tanner Scheppers to the mound to take on John Lackey and the Boston Red Sox. Tanner Scheppers' first Major League start could not have gone much worse as the big righty had no command of his pitches against the Phillies last Monday. He ended up going just four innings in that game and gave up eight hits, three walks and seven earned runs while striking out just two hitters.
Scheppers doesn't have much experience against any of the Red Sox hitters, so he will be hoping that he can use that to his advantage when he faces them. The only Boston player with a hit off of him is Will Middlebrooks, who hit a single in his only at-bat against the righty.
John Lackey was able to get his first win of the season against the Orioles last weekend. He went six innings and gave up two runs on just three hits while striking out six in the victory. His command was on point in the game, throwing 68 of his 90 pitches for strikes and walking just one Baltimore hitter.
One player in the Rangers' lineup who Lackey has faced plenty of times in his career is third baseman Adrian Beltre. These two have faced each other 64 times over the years with Lackey winning most of the matchups. Beltre has hit .213/.250/.377 against him with three home runs, 13 RBI and 14 strikeouts.
Texas Betting Trends
Texas is 2-2-0 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Texas is -2.2
Boston Betting Trends
Boston is 0-4-0 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Boston is 0.0
Injuries to Watch
04/05/14 P Joe Saunders Ankle questionable
03/31/14 P Yu Darvish Neck 15-day DL (3/21) questionable
03/31/14 C Geovany Soto Knee 60-day DL (3/30)
03/31/14 2B Jurickson Profar Shoulder 15-day DL (3/23)
03/31/14 P Matt Harrison Back 15-day DL (3/29)
03/28/14 P Derek Holland Knee 60-day DL (3/3)
03/28/14 RF Engel Beltre Leg 60-day DL (3/26)
03/28/14 P Joe Ortiz Foot 60-day DL (2/14)
03/31/14 RF Shane Victorino Hamstring 15-day DL (3/30)
03/29/14 P Craig Breslow Shoulder 15-day DL (3/21)
03/29/14 P Steven Wright Hernia 15-day DL (3/21)
Guy's Pick: Take Boston
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