Date/Time: May 3rd, 8:05 PM ET
Television: MLB Network
MLB Betting Odds from BetDSI
Probable Starters: Doubront (Boston) vs. Holland (Texas)
Moneyline: Rangers -122
The Boston Red Sox and the Texas Rangers are going to be meeting up for the first time this season on Friday night in Arlington, where MLB betting fans will get to dig right into all of the action on the diamond.
The Sox won their 20th game yesterday in Toronto, and now they have had to endure the long flight down to Arlington for this game on Friday night. It's a tough scheduling spot early in the season for sure. Still, the team is tearing the cover off of the baseball right now, having plated an average of 6.75 runs per game over the course of its last eight games. The squad is 7-1 in that stretch. Starting pitching has been quite good for Boston as well, as the team has held its foes to just one run in three of its last four games as well. There is going to be a lot of pressure on LHP Felix Doubront in this game, though. The Red Sox have yet to lose a game that Doubront has started this year, though this is going to be the first time since his first start back on April 5th in which he has been an underdog. Don't look for Doubront to pitch that deep into this game, knowing that he hasn't made it longer than 6.2 innings in any of his starts this year. He has a 4.24 ERA and hasn't pitched all that well for the most part, but dating back to last season, he does have 50 strikeouts in his last six starts.
Texas looked to be off and running this season until these last five games. The team was favored by at least a -117 margin in all of those outings, yet it has gone just 1-4 in those clashes. The offense has gone dry in each of those losses, scoring a total of just five runs in the four games. LHP Derek Holland is set to make his sixth start of the season, and he is really hoping to get some more help than he has been getting of late. He allowed just three earned runs in seven frames his last time out against the Minnesota Twins, but the offense only gave him two runs, the defense cost him a run with an error, and the bullpen gave up three runs in just one inning of work. That's the type of season that it has been for Holland, as he has averaged just 3.2 runs of support per game, which is why he is only 1-2 to show for his work in spite of the fact that he has a 3.38 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP.
The Red Sox continue to play well, but the time is coming that Doubront is going to lose. We're clearly just about at that time. The team isn't going to score anywhere near the 7.5 runs per game that Doubront has gotten of support this year, and it is going to go down in a bad spot in Arlington on Friday night.
Boston Red Sox @ Texas Rangers Pick: Texas Rangers -122