Yovani Gallardo (4-6, 4.13 ERA) and Steven Wright (2-1, 3.68 ERA) start in the second of a four-game series between the Texas Rangers (23-25) and the Boston Red Sox (22-26) at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Red Sox won the last game 5-1 and Boston leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:05 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 29 and can be seen on NESN, FSN-SW and MLB Network.
Gallardo pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs, striking out six and walking one in a 5-2 win over the Yankees. Wright went 6.1 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out two and walking one in an 8-3 win over the Angels in his last outing. Hanley Ramirez (.257, 25 Rs, 11 HRs, 24 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Red Sox, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Texas is a -129 favorite against Boston and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at nine runs. Though the Rangers have had a solid season in terms of their overall money line (+745), they've done poorly as a favorite with a record of 1-3. The Rangers have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 6.0 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.5 runs per game. The Rangers are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 145.
In games where it is the underdog, Boston has a 9-9 record and an overall money line of -963. They have been on a bit of a dry streak over their last 10 games. They managed a 0-1 record when playing as the underdog. Boston is excellent at drawing walks with 3.4 per road game, ranking third in the AL.
The Rangers have a 16-15 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Wright takes the mound. Gallardo (RHP) will be on the hill against the Red Sox, who have a 14-19 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TEX, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Boston is 8-10, while Texas is 10-13.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Rangers are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Red Sox have a 9-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Red Sox are 4-23. The Rangers have a 4-20 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling in the top 10 of the league based on total home runs this season, Texas ranks seventh with 53 homers and Boston is 10th with 48.
Ranking 11th, Boston is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.17 per game. Texas ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 8.40.
Ranking 21st, Boston is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.692). Texas ranks in the top half at 14th with an OPS of .715.
The Red Sox are 8-24 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Rangers are 11-21 when they allow at least one homer.