In the third of a four-game series between the Baltimore Orioles (41-36) and the Texas Rangers (41-36) at Camden Yards, Wei-Yin Chen (3-4, 2.90 ERA) and Nick Martinez (5-4, 3.39 ERA) get the start. The Rangers won the last game 8-6 and Texas leads the series 2-0. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jul. 1 and will air on FSN-SW and MASN2.
In his most recent outing, Chen pitched 6.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out five and walking two in a 4-3 loss to the Indians. Manny Machado (.307, 51 Rs, 16 HRs, 44 RBIs, 11 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. In his career against the Orioles, Martinez is 0-2 with an 8.71 ERA. He gets a solid Baltimore offense that's batting .261. Mitch Moreland (.305, 26 Rs, 14 HRs, 43 RBIs, 1 SB) has been doing well, going 2 for 3 yesterday with two runs, two home runs, and four RBIs.
Baltimore is a -155 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. The Orioles have a winning record of 25-15 when playing as the favorite and an overall money line of +567. Over the last 10 games, they have a very good record when playing as the favorite (3-1).
Moving on to the away team, the Rangers come into this game with a win percentage of .507 when playing as the underdog (34-33) and an overall money line of +1,442.
So far this season, the Rangers are 2-0 against the Orioles. This game will feature Martinez (RHP) on the mound against the Orioles, who have a 31-28 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Rangers will be the left-hander Chen. They sport a 14-15 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - BAL, O/U - Over
Texas has won 43% (15-20) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Baltimore has won 60% (18-12) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Rangers are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Orioles have a 10-15 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Orioles are 5-24. The Rangers have an 8-30 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking eighth in home runs, Texas has hit 85 this season. Baltimore ranks fifth with 95 home runs.
Baltimore and Texas both rank in the top 10 of the league in hits. Baltimore sits at sixth with 8.75 hits per game and Texas ranks eighth with 8.53.
Ranking 13th, Texas is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.722). Baltimore ranks in the top 10 at sixth with an OPS of .745.
The Rangers are 20-30 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Orioles are 22-25 when they allow at least one homer.