In the first of a three-game series between the Texas Rangers (65-61) and the Baltimore Orioles (63-63) at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Cole Hamels (7-8, 3.82 ERA) and Kevin Gausman (2-5, 4.30 ERA) get the ball. The game gets underway at 8:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 28 and will air on MAS2 and FSSW.
In his last start, Hamels pitched 6.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out two and walking two in a 4-2 victory over the Tigers. Rougned Odor (.280, 38 Rs, 11 HRs, 43 RBIs, 5 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 3 with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs. The Orioles were unsuccessful to the Twins 4-3 the last time Gausman pitched. He went 7.0 innings, allowing two runs and striking out eight. Chris Davis (.254, 73 Rs, 35 HRs, 91 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Orioles, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
Texas is a -140 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. The Rangers are 13-12 as the favorite and have an overall money line of +1,936. They are 6-4 SU and perfect as the favorite (4-0) in their last 10 games. They have been very patient at the plate during home games, ranking fourth in the AL with an average of 3.1 walks per game.
Across the field, the Orioles have a record of 23-32 when they are the underdog and are -508 overall with the money line. The last 10 games have really brought the worst out of the Baltimore pitchers. They allowed 5.3 runs per game during that span, which is higher than their season average of 4.0.
In their previous four games this season, the Rangers have a 3-1 record. This game will feature Gausman (RHP) on the mound against the Rangers, who have a 41-37 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Orioles will be the left-hander Hamels. They sport a 17-13 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - Tex, O/U - Over
Baltimore won its last game in a shutout, its ninth of the season. Texas has been shut out seven times this season.
The Rangers managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Orioles who are coming in with a 9-5 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Orioles are 10-44. The Rangers have a 15-46 record when opponents outhit them.
Texas ranks in the top 10 of the league at ninth when it comes to home runs, hitting 132 this season. Baltimore ranks in the top five at third with 167.
Ranking eighth, Baltimore is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.64 per game. Texas ranks in the top five at fifth with 8.72.
Ranking 11th, Texas is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.730). Baltimore ranks in the top 10 at 10th with an OPS of .735.
The Orioles are 36-44 when they allow at least one home run. The Rangers perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 33-47 record.