Rafael Devers and the Boston Red Sox are ready to do battle against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park. Fox Sports Southwest will be airing this AL matchup and the game gets underway at 2:05 p.m. ET.
Boston Red Sox vs. Texas Rangers Odds
The Red Sox are 83-75 SU and are 66-91 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 25.8 units for moneyline gamblers and 33.9 units ATS. Boston has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the over has hit in all seven of them. The Rangers, on the other hand, are 75-83 SU and 84-73 ATS. The team’s gained 5.4 units for moneyline bettors and 1.7 units ATS. Texas has covered the spread just twice over its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven.
Texas games have had an over/under record of 71-83-3 in 2019. Boston has been a solid over bet with a total record of 89-65-3.
Brian Johnson will get the start for the visiting Red Sox. The left-handed Johnson is 1-3 with a 6.05 ERA and 30 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Rangers this year and did not record a start against them in 2018, either.
The Rangers will turn to lefty Mike Minor (13-10, 3.52 ERA), who has 191 punchouts and 66 walks as well as a WHIP of 1.23. Minor is 0-0 with six strikeouts and a 2.25 ERA in one start against Boston this year.
As a unit, Texas’ pitchers have allowed 5.4 runs per game overall this season. The team’s starting pitching staff has a 5.40 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 8.4 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.64 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 8.9 K/9.
The Texas hitters have produced 4.9 runs per contest, including 4.3 per game over its last 10 games and 4.8 per game over their last five. The team has hit .256/.317/.470 over its last five matchups and is 1-4 SU during that stretch.
Elvis Andrus and Shin-soo Choo have led the Rangers’ batters this year. Andrus is hitting .274/.311/.396 with 12 home runs, 72 RBIs, 78 runs and 28 stolen bases, and Choo’s line is .265/.367/.453 with 23 homers, 59 RBIs and 88 runs.
In the other dugout, Boston’s pitchers have allowed 5.1 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.94 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 9.60 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 4.34, along with a WHIP of 1.37.
Red Sox hitters have slashed .269/.342/.467 on their way to 5.6 runs scored per game in 2019, including 6.1 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 7.4 per game over the team’s last five outings (3-2 SU).
Boston’s hitters have been paced by third baseman Rafael Devers and shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who’ve collectively blasted 64 home runs. Devers is slashing .310/.361/.556 with 32 home runs, 115 RBIs and 127 runs scored, while Bogaerts (.305/.380/.549) has produced 32 homers, 113 RBIs and 108 runs scored.
The Red Sox have lost 14.7 units and are 18-33 ATS when facing a lefty starter this season. The over has hit in 29 of those games, compared to 21 that’ve gone under against left-handed starting pitchers.
Boston Red Sox at Texas Rangers MLB Tip
Predictions: SU Winner – Rangers, ATS Winner – Red Sox, O/U – UNDER
The under has hit in four of Texas’ last seven games.
The Red Sox have a team OPS of .809 this season, including an OPS of .788 against left-handed pitchers. The Rangers’ OPS stands at .749 overall and .733 against lefties.
The Rangers have dropped nine of their last 10 games SU.
Texas has posted 20.3 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 22.0 over its last five.
The Red Sox have hit 15 home runs in their last 10 games, including eight over their last five.