In the second of a four-game series between the Baltimore Orioles (41-35) and the Texas Rangers (41-35) at Camden Yards, Miguel Gonzalez (6-4, 3.58 ERA) and Colby Lewis (7-3, 4.10 ERA) get the ball. The Rangers won the last game 8-1 and Texas leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 30 and will air on FSN-SW and MASN2.
In his most recent outing, Gonzalez pitched 5.0 innings, allowing four runs and striking out four in an 8-6 victory over the Red Sox. Manny Machado (.307, 50 Rs, 15 HRs, 43 RBIs, 11 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4. In his pitching opportunities against the Orioles, Lewis is 1-4 with a 6.35 ERA. He meets a strong Baltimore offense that's batting .262. Mitch Moreland (.300, 24 Rs, 12 HRs, 39 RBIs, 1 SB) has been doing well, going 2 for 5 yesterday with two runs, two home runs, and three RBIs.
Baltimore is a -141 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at eight runs. The Orioles have a winning record of 25-14 when playing as the favorite and an overall money line of +697. Over the last 10 games, they have a very good record when playing as the favorite (3-1).
On the other side, the Rangers have a record of 33-33 when they are the underdog and are +1,322 overall with the money line. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 2-8 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 2-7 record. During the last 10 games, they averaged 2.5 runs per game, below their 4.3 season average.
So far this season, the Rangers are 1-0 against the Orioles. The Orioles will take on a right-hander (Lewis) in this game and have a 31-28 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Rangers will be the right-hander Gonzalez. They sport a 24-23 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - BAL, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Baltimore is 18-12, while Texas is 15-20.
The Rangers are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 14 strikeouts. The Orioles have a record of 0-4 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Orioles are 30-8. The Rangers have a 29-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking eighth in runs, Texas has earned 334 this season. Baltimore ranks third with 349 runs.
Ranking 22nd, Baltimore is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 191 this season. Texas ranks in the top half at 12th with 229.
When the Orioles hit at least one home run, they are 34-16, well-matched with the Rangers who are 29-17 when hitting one or more homers.