Wade Miley (2-4, 5.60 ERA) and Yovani Gallardo (3-5, 3.94 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Boston Red Sox (18-20) and the Texas Rangers (16-22) at Fenway Park. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 19 and can be seen on FSN-SW and NESN.
Miley pitched 6.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering zero runs, striking out one and walking four in a 2-0 win over the Athletics. Gallardo is 1-1 with a 4.66 ERA when pitching against the Red Sox. He is up against a below-average Boston offense which is hitting just .229 this season. Prince Fielder (.344, 15 Rs, 5 HRs, 23 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Rangers, going 2 for 4 Sunday with one run and one RBI.
The odds for Boston and Texas are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable as of now. The Red Sox have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 2.3 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.
The Rangers are an excellent base stealing team with 29 stolen bases, ranking fifth in the MLB.
The Red Sox have a 13-14 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Gallardo takes the mound. Miley (LHP) will be on the hill against the Rangers, who have a 5-8 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TEX
When leading after 7 innings, Boston is 7-9, while Texas is 7-13.
After a weak showing last week where they got in five hits, the Red Sox need to step it up. The Rangers have a record of 5-1 when opponents get five hits or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Rangers are 3-17. The Red Sox have a 4-19 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling in the top 10 of the league based on total home runs this season, Boston ranks ninth with 38 homers and Texas is 10th with 37.
Boston and Texas both rank in the top half of the league in hits. Boston sits at 13th with 7.87 hits per game and Texas ranks 11th with 8.05.
Boston and Texas both rank near the bottom of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Boston sits at 25th with an OPS of .671 and Texas ranks 22nd with an OPS of .695.
The Rangers are 6-18 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Red Sox are 7-19 when they allow at least one homer.