Lucas Harrell (3-2, 3.46 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (68-47) meet Chad Bettis (10-6, 5.13 ERA) and the Colorado Rockies (55-59) in the second of a two-game interleague series at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Rangers won the last game 5-4, extending a five-game winning streak. The game starts at 2:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 11 and will air on FSSW.
In his most recent outing, Harrell pitched 3.2 innings, allowing one run, striking out five and walking five in a 3-2 victory over the Astros. Carlos Beltran (.304, 51 Rs, 23 HRs, 68 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Rockies were victorious over the Marlins 12-6 the last time Bettis pitched. He went 6.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out three and walking two. Trevor Story (.272, 67 Rs, 27 HRs, 72 RBIs, 8 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one RBI.
Texas, a -147 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. They are 4-1 as the favorite over their last 10 games. 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.
Across the field, the Rockies have a record of 30-39 when they are the underdog and are +145 overall with the money line. Teams in the American League have easily gained the upper hand against lackluster Colorado. The Rockies hold a record of 5-8 in games where they were ranked as the underdog and an 8-10 SU. They sport the top-ranked offense in the NL, averaging 5.2 runs per game. Colorado is one of the top hitting teams in the league with 393 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.
The previous three games have all gone Texas's way. The Rangers will take on a right-hander (Bettis) in this game and have a 51-32 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Rockies will be the right-hander Harrell. They sport a 41-40 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - TEX, O/U - Over
The Rockies lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Rangers are 26-8. The Rockies are 8-15 in close games this season.
Colorado has won 43% (23-30) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Texas has won 60% (31-21) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Rockies managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Rangers who are heading in with an 8-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 11-42. The Rangers have an 18-34 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 11th in home runs, Colorado has hit 141 this season. Texas ranks ninth with 145 home runs.
Ranking sixth, Texas is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.97 per game. Colorado ranks in the top five at second with 9.35.
Ranking 12th, Texas is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.753). Colorado ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .789.
When the Rockies allow at least one home run, they are 27-45. When the Rangers allow one or more homers, they have a 42-40 record.