In the first of a two-game series between the Texas Rangers (67-47) and the Colorado Rockies (55-58) at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Martin Perez (7-8, 4.33 ERA) and Jorge De La Rosa (7-7, 5.24 ERA) get the ball. The game gets underway at 8:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 10 and will air on FSSW and RTRM.
In his last start, Perez pitched 7.0 innings, allowing five runs, striking out four and walking three in a 5-0 loss to the Astros. Carlos Beltran (.305, 51 Rs, 23 HRs, 68 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI. The Rockies were unsuccessful against the Marlins 5-3 the last time De La Rosa pitched. He went 6.0 innings, giving up one run, striking out two and walking three. Nolan Arenado (.288, 82 Rs, 30 HRs, 91 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been doing well, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one run and two RBIs.
Texas, a -143 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Colorado. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is 10 runs. The Rangers have a winning record of 28-16 when playing as the favorite and an overall money line of +2,565. Over the last 10 games, they have a very good record when playing as the favorite (4-1). Texas has averaged 3.4 runs per game over the last 10 games, lower than its season average of 4.7. Texas's pitching staff has put it all together in the past 10 games. Its average runs allowed per game dropped to 3.3 during that span, compared to its 4.6 season average.
Moving on to the away team, the Rockies come into this game with a win percentage of .435 when playing as the underdog (30-39) and an overall money line of +145. Against teams in the American League, they are 8-10 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 5-8 record. The Rockies are the number one overall scoring offense in the NL, averaging 5.2 runs per game so far. The Rockies are known for their bats, hitting 392 extra base hits. Playing AL opponents really brings the worst out of the Colorado pitchers. They allow 6.3 runs per game against teams in the AL, which is higher than their season average of 5.0.
So far this season, the Rangers are 2-0 against the Rockies. This game will feature De La Rosa (LHP) on the mound against the Rangers, who have a 16-15 record when they take on a left-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Rockies will be the left-hander Perez. They sport a 14-18 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - TEX, O/U - Over
When leading after seven innings, Texas is 31-21, while Colorado is 23-30.
The Rockies are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Rangers have a 22-13 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 11-41. The Rangers have an 18-34 record when opponents outhit them.
Colorado ranks in the top half of the league at 11th when it comes to home runs, hitting 141 this season. Texas ranks in the top 10 with 144.
Ranking sixth, Texas is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.96 per game. Colorado ranks in the top five at second with 9.33.
Ranking 12th, Texas is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.752). Colorado ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .791.
When the Rockies allow at least one home run, they are 27-44. When the Rangers allow one or more homers, they have a 42-40 record.