Wednesday, July 6, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Martin Perez vs. Steven Wright
The Texas Rangers head to Fenway Park on Wednesday to take on the Boston Red Sox. The probable pitchers are Martin Perez for the Rangers and Steven Wright for the Red Sox. The opening line for this game has Texas at +181 and Boston at -191. The over/under is 10.5. The Rangers have a 44-36-4 over/under mark and a 52-32-0 run line record, meaning they cover 62% of the time. The Red Sox are 41-41-0 against the run line and have a 45-32-5 over/under record. They cover the spread 50% of the time.
The Rangers head into this game with a 52-32 record, and they are 24-20 on the road. Starting pitcher Martin Perez has a 7-4 record with an ERA of 3.39 and a WHIP of 1.37. He has 51 strikeouts during his 103.2 innings pitched and he has given up 98 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 8.5 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.77. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 5.12 and they have allowed 292 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .276 against the pen while they've been struck out 211 times and walked 97 times this year. As a unit, Texas has given up 8.99 base hits per nine innings while striking out 6.62 hitters per nine. They are 14th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.21. The Rangers pitchers have collectively given up 752 base hits and 352 earned runs. They have allowed 106 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Texas as a pitching staff has walked 276 batters and struck out 554. They walk 3.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 6.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.37 and their FIP as a unit is 4.75.
As a team, Texas is hitting .266, good for 8th in the league while putting together a .252 average on the road. The Rangers have a .431 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .323 which is good for 17th in the league. They rank 9th in baseball with 9.11 hits per contest. Ian Desmond comes into this game hitting .321 and his on-base percentage is at .374. He has 105 hits this season along with 61 runs scored and 52 runs batted in. He's struck out 85 times and has walked 26 times. Nomar Mazara is hitting .286 and he has an on-base percentage of .334. He has totaled 82 hits so far while scoring 35 runs and he's driven in 35. He has walked 21 times and has struck out 52 times. The Rangers have 765 hits, including 134 doubles and 106 home runs. They've stolen 50 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 19 times. Texas has walked 218 times this season and they've struck out 611 times as a unit. They've left 525 men on base and have a team OPS of .753. They score 4.9 runs per contest and have scored a total of 412 runs so far this year.
Boston comes into this game with a 26-19 home mark and a 45-37 overall record. With an ERA of 2.42, Steven Wright has a 9-5 record and a 1.19 WHIP. He has 87 strikeouts over the 108 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 86 hits. He has allowed 7.2 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.61. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.90 and they have given up 229 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .235 against the Red Sox bullpen while being struck out 283 times and walking 102 times this season. As a team, Boston has allowed 8.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.53 batters per nine. They are 22nd in the league in team earned run average at 4.49. The Red Sox pitchers as a team have surrendered 716 base knocks and 365 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 99 home runs this year and they give up 1.2 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Boston as a staff has walked 273 hitters and struck out 695. They give up a walk 3.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.35 while their FIP as a staff is 4.30.
As a team, they are batting .292, good for 1st in the league while putting together a .305 average at home. The Red Sox hold a .476 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .359 which is good for 1st in baseball. They rank 1st in baseball with 10.43 hits per contest. Xander Bogaerts comes into this matchup batting .336 and he has an OBP of .392. He has 114 hits this year along with 62 runs scored and 51 RBI. He's struck out 55 times and has walked on 31 occasions. Mookie Betts is hitting .296 and he has an OBP of .335. He has collected 108 hits so far while he's scored 71 runs and drove in 57. He has earned a walk 22 times and has punched out 52 times. The Red Sox as a unit have 855 base hits, including 206 doubles and 98 homers. They have 53 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 9 times. Boston as a team has walked 292 times this year and they have struck out 588 times. They've had 620 men left on base and have an OPS of .835. They score 5.65 runs per game and have totaled 463 runs so far this season.
Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 44-36-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Texas Rangers are 52-32-0 against the run line so far this season
Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
The Boston Red Sox are 45-32-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Boston Red Sox are 41-41-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
07/04/16 1B Mitch Moreland Calf is not expected to be in the starting lineup Tuesday vs. Boston Red Sox
06/26/16 P Colby Lewis Back 60-day DL (6/22)
06/22/16 P Derek Holland Shoulder 15-day DL (6/21)
06/14/16 P Yu Darvish Shoulder 15-day DL (6/9)
05/28/16 P Tanner Scheppers Knee 60-day DL (3/25)
05/24/16 CF Drew Stubbs Toe 60-day DL (5/23)
04/21/16 P Keone Kela Elbow 60-day DL (4/20)
04/04/16 RF Josh Hamilton Knee 60-day DL (3/25)
Boston Red Sox
07/05/16 C Ryan Hanigan Neck 15-day DL (6/5); expected to be activated Tuesday vs. Texas Rangers
06/24/16 LF Chris Young Hamstring 15-day DL (6/23)
06/17/16 2B Josh Rutledge Knee 15-day DL (6/15)
06/07/16 P Carson Smith Elbow 60-day DL (5/15)
06/06/16 C Blake Swihart Ankle 15-day DL (6/5)
05/03/16 3B Pablo Sandoval Shoulder 60-day DL (4/11); out for season
04/04/16 P Brandon Workman Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
Tony's Pick: Take the Red Sox
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