Boston Red Sox at Texas Rangers 5/4/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Friday, May 4, 2018
Globe Life Park
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Probable Pitchers: Rick Porcello vs. Bartolo Colon
The Boston Red Sox head to Globe Life Park on Friday, May 4, 2018 to take on the Texas Rangers. The expected starting pitchers are Rick Porcello for the Red Sox and Bartolo Colon for the Rangers.
The odds for this matchup have Boston at -160 and Texas at +150. The Red Sox have a 16-13-1 over/under mark and a 13-17-0 run line record. The Rangers are 13-19-0 against the run line and have a 17-13-2 over/under record.
Valuable Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
The Boston Red Sox are 16-13-1 against the over/under
The Boston Red Sox are 13-17-0 against the run line
Important Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 17-13-2 against the over/under
The Texas Rangers are 13-19-0 against the run line
Key Boston Red Sox Injuries
05/02/18 P Eduardo Rodriguez Personal is out indefinitely
05/01/18 2B Brock Holt Hamstring 10-day DL (04/27)
03/30/18 P Austin Maddox Shoulder 10-day DL (03/29)
03/30/18 P Tyler Thornburg Shoulder 10-day DL (03/29)
03/29/18 2B Dustin Pedroia Knee 10-day DL (03/29)
03/26/18 SS Marco Hernandez Shoulder 60-day DL (03/29)
03/26/18 P Steven Wright Knee 10-day DL (03/26)
Key Texas Rangers Injuries
05/02/18 P Chris Martin Forearm 10-day DL (05/01)
04/30/18 P Martin Perez Elbow 10-day DL (04/30)
04/25/18 3B Adrian Beltre Hamstring 10-day DL (04/25)
04/22/18 CF Carlos Tocci Hip 10-day DL (04/22)
04/16/18 P Tim Lincecum Blister 60-day DL (03/26)
04/13/18 SS Elvis Andrus Elbow 60-day DL (04/12)
04/10/18 2B Rougned Odor Hamstring 10-day DL (04/10)
04/02/18 P Ricardo Rodriguez Elbow 60-day DL (04/02)
03/30/18 P Joe Palumbo Elbow 60-day DL (02/23)
03/26/18 P Clayton Blackburn Elbow 60-day DL (03/19)
03/26/18 P Ronald Herrera Shoulder 60-day DL (03/21)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Red Sox have a 22-8 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Rick Porcello has a 4-0 record with an earned run average of 2.23 and a WHIP of 0.84 this year. He has 38 strikeouts over his 40.1 innings pitched and he's given up 30 hits. He allows 6.7 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.04. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.69 and they have given up 92 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .231 against the bullpen and they've struck out 114 hitters and walked 36 batters. As a team, Boston allows 7.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.3 batters per nine innings. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.4. The Red Sox pitchers collectively have given up 243 base hits and 105 earned runs. They have allowed 27 home runs this season, ranking them 22nd in the league. Boston as a pitching staff has walked 85 batters and struck out 289. They have walked 2.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.18 and their FIP as a unit is 3.39.
As a team Boston is hitting .272, good for 2nd in the league. The Red Sox hold a .457 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .337, which is good for 2nd in baseball. They rank 2nd in MLB with 9.7 hits per game. Mookie Betts is hitting .365 with an on-base percentage of .451. He has 35 hits this season in 96 at bats with 21 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .823 and an OPS+ of 231. J.D. Martinez is hitting .343 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .392. He has totaled 37 hits and he has driven in 24 men in 108 at bats. His OPS+ is 158 while his slugging percentage is at .593. The Red Sox have 292 hits, including 78 doubles and 38 home runs. Boston has walked 96 times so far this season and they have struck out 230 times as a unit. They have left 211 men on base and have a team OPS of .793. They score 5.67 runs per contest and have scored a total of 170 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Texas has a 12-20 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 2.87, Bartolo Colon has a 1-0 record and a 0.86 WHIP this season. He has 21 strikeouts over the 31.1 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 24 hits. He allows 6.9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.86. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.56 and they have given up 120 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .262 against the Rangers bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 106 batters and walked 44 opposing hitters. As a team, Texas allows 9.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.7 batters per nine innings. They are 25th in the league in team earned run average at 4.93. The Rangers pitchers as a team have surrendered 315 base knocks and 156 earned runs this season. They have given up 40 home runs this year, which ranks 8th in Major League Baseball. Texas as a staff has walked 104 hitters and struck out 243 batters. They give up a walk 3.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.47 while their FIP as a staff is 4.63.
As a team, they are batting .237, good for 19th in the league. The Rangers hold a .398 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .307, which is good for 23rd in baseball. They rank 20th in MLB with 8.0 hits per contest. Nomar Mazara comes into this matchup batting .280 with an OBP of .331. He has 33 hits this year along with 17 RBI in 118 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .441 with an OPS+ of 104. Adrian Beltre is hitting .310 this season and he has an OBP of .366. He has collected 27 hits in 87 at bats while driving in 8 runs. He has an OPS+ of 114 and a slugging percentage of .437. The Rangers as a unit have 257 base hits, including 57 doubles and 38 homers. Texas has walked 98 times this year and they have struck out on 304 occasions. They have had 219 men left on base and have an OPS of .704. They have scored 3.94 runs per game and totaled 126 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Red Sox/Rangers MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Red Sox -160
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