Joe Kelly (1-2, 5.58 ERA) and Phil Klein (0-0, 7.71 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Boston Red Sox (19-20) and the Texas Rangers (16-23) at Fenway Park. The Red Sox won the last game 4-3 and Boston leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 20 and can be seen on FSN-SW, NESN and ESPN.
Kelly pitched 6.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one run, striking out two and walking three in a 2-1 defeat to the Mariners. Hanley Ramirez (.276, 21 Rs, 10 HRs, 22 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 5 with one run. Klein went 1.0 innings, surrendering one run and striking out one in an 8-2 defeat to the Angels in his last outing. Prince Fielder (.348, 15 Rs, 5 HRs, 23 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Rangers, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
Boston is a -161 favorite against Texas and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at nine runs. The Red Sox have an overall money line of -338 and a record as the favorite of 10-11. Boston is unbeaten as the favorite and has a 6-4 SU record in its last ten outings. The Red Sox have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 2.7 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.0 runs per game. Boston leads the whole AL in walks, earning an average of 3.7 per game.
In games where it is the underdog, Texas has a 15-20 record and an overall money line of -220. The Rangers are an excellent base stealing team with 29 stolen bases, ranking fifth in the MLB.
The Red Sox have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Red Sox have a 14-14 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Klein takes the mound. Kelly (RHP) will be on the hill against the Rangers, who have an 11-14 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - BOS, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Rangers lost by a margin of one run. The Red Sox are 8-4 in one-run games. The Rangers have a 5-5 record in close games.
When the Red Sox play into extra innings, they have a 2-1 record. The Rangers are 2-2 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Rangers are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Red Sox have a 6-7 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rangers are 12-3. The Red Sox have a 15-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Boston and Texas both rank in the bottom half of the league in runs. Boston sits at 19th with 155 runs this season and Texas ranks 16th with 161.
Ranking 12th, Texas is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 126 this season. Boston ranks in the top five at second with 142.
The Red Sox are 14-11 when they hit at least one home run. The Rangers perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 12-10 record.