Merrill Kelly gets the start for the Diamondbacks (84-78, 41-40 away) against Jordan Montgomery and the Rangers (90-72, 50-31 home). Today will be game two of their series, with the Rangers leading 1-0. Check out who see coming out on top in today’s Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Texas Rangers matchup.
ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS VS TEXAS RANGERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Texas Rangers -159
This game will be played at Globe Life Field at 8:03 ET on Saturday, October 28th.
WHY BET THE TEXAS RANGERS:
- In their previous ten games, the Rangers have a record of 7-3.
- The Diamondbacks are just 2-3 in their last five road games.
- Over his last two starts, Jordan Montgomery has an ERA of just 1.69.
ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS ON A RUNLINE WIN STREAK
Overall, the Diamondbacks have a record of 84-78 which has them 2nd in the NL West. Arizona has rattled off two straight series victories and have an overall series record of 34-22-2. This season, Arizona is 43-38 at home and 41-40 on the road.
Today marks Merrill Kelly’s 34th outing of the season, boasting a 12-8 record with an ERA of 3.29 and OBP allowed of .289. He has struck out 187 batters and holds a WHIP of 1.19. His ERA is 4.00 on the road, but dips to 2.77 when at home.
Merrill Kelly earned the victory in his most recent start, surrendering one earned run and three hits over five frames against the Phillies. The Diamondbacks emerged victorious with a 5-1 scoreline.
Over their last five games, the Diamondbacks are ranked 21st in the league in scoring at 1.2 runs per game. Their season-long scoring average of 4.6 per contest puts them 14th in baseball. In terms of on-base percentage, Arizona is 10th, with an OBP currently sitting at .322. The team’s collective batting average is .250 (10th).
Over the past five games, Alek Thomas has been the Diamondbacks’ leader in home runs with one. This season, he has hit nine total and holds a .230 batting average.
WILL THE TEXAS RANGERS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
The Rangers head into today’s game looking to build on their above .500 record at home (50-31). Their overall record of 90-72 has them placed 1st in the AL West. Through 57 series, the Rangers are 35-21-1.
Jordan Montgomery will take the mound for the Rangers with a 10-11 record. In 37 appearances, he has an ERA of 3.20 and opponents are batting .242 against him. Montgomery has allowed 48 walks and struck out 166 batters, resulting in a WHIP of 1.19 and a SLG allowed of .386.
Jordan Montgomery earned a victory in his last start against the Astros, yielding no runs on three hits while his team emerged victorious with an 11-4 scoreline.
So far this season, the Rangers’ has gone deep 233 times, placing them 3rd in the league. Over Texas’ previous five games, they are 17th in runs scored, with their season average of 5.4 runs per game putting them 3rd in the league. The Rangers’ overall team batting average stands at .263 along with an OBP of .337.
The Rangers have been led offensively this season by Marcus Semien, who boasts a .276 batting average and has driven in 100 runs. Additionally, the shortstop has hit 29 home runs in 2023.