Nathan Eovaldi will get the start for the Rangers (90-72, 50-31 home) as they host the Orioles (101-61, 52-29 away) at Globe Life Field. The Orioles will give the starting nod to Dean Kremer. Check out my prediction for game one of this American League matchup between the Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers.
BALTIMORE ORIOLES VS TEXAS RANGERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Baltimore Orioles +121
This game will be played at Globe Life Field at 8:03 ET on Tuesday, October 10th.
WHY BET THE BALTIMORE ORIOLES:
- On the road, the Orioles have picked up two straight victories.
- Texas is on a four game winning streak when the underdog.
- In Dean Kremer’s four most recent starts, the Orioles are 3-1.
BALTIMORE ORIOLES LOOK TO CONTINUE WINNING WAYS ON THE ROAD
Through 162 games, the Orioles have a record of 101-61. This mark includes going 31-14-6 across their 51 series. Currently, Baltimore is 1st in the AL East and have a 49-32 record at home while going 52-29 on the road. So far, the Orioles have gone 51-41 against teams with above .500 records.
The Orioles will turn to starter Dean Kremer, who has compiled a 13-5 record in 32 appearances this season. His ERA stands at 4.12, with 8.18 strikeouts per nine innings pitched (K/9). Kremer has also posted a Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) mark of 4.51 and an Opponents’ Batting Average (OBP) of .309 thus far in 2023.
Dean Kremer was victorious in his latest outing, as the Orioles defeated the Red Sox 2-0. The right-hander allowed just two hits and no runs over his time on the mound, earning him the win.
So far this season, the Orioles’ has gone deep 183 times, placing them 16th in the league. Over Baltimore’s previous five games, they are 20th in runs scored, with their season average of 5 runs per game putting them 7th in the league. The Orioles’ overall team batting average stands at .255 along with an OBP of .321.
Jorge Mateo has been a major contributor to the Orioles’ offense over their last five games, leading the team in hits and batting an impressive .500. For the 2023 season, Mateo is batting .217 with 34 RBIs.
WILL THE TEXAS RANGERS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
So far this season, Texas has played in 52 series, going 31-19-2. Their current record of 90-72 is good for first place in the AL West. On the road, the Rangers have gone 40-41 compared to 50-31 at home.
Nathan Eovaldi is having a successful season, boasting a 12-5 record and 3.62 ERA. On the road, he has gone 7-2 with an ERA of 4.21 in 14 appearances. At home, his mark is 6-3 with an ERA of 5.44. His WHIP stands at 1.14 while opponents are hitting .221 against him with a slugging percentage of .375.
Nathan Eovaldi earned a quality start and victory in his last game against the Rays, as the Rangers cruised to a 7-1 win. The right-hander surrendered one run and six hits over 6 2/3 innings of work.
As a team, Texas has scuffled at the plate of late, with a combined batting average of just .203 over their last ten games. Compared to other teams, this is just 27th in that span. When looking at the team’s power numbers, they have a season-long slugging percentage of .452% while going deep a total of 233 times (3rd). Overall, the Rangers are 3rd in the MLB at 5.4 runs per contest.
The Rangers’ offense has been paced by Evan Carter in their last five games, as he has hit one home run. He has totaled five homers this season and boasts a batting average of .306.