The Rangers (90-72, 40-41 away) travel to take on the Diamondbacks (84-78, 43-38 home) in game one of this interleague matchup. Max Scherzer is getting the start for the Rangers while Brandon Pfaadt is starting for the Diamondbacks. See who I like to pick up the win in today’s Texas Rangers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks showdown at Chase Field.
TEXAS RANGERS VS ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Arizona Diamondbacks -109
This game will be played at Chase Field at 8:03 ET on Monday, October 30th.
WHY BET THE ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS:
- In their previous ten games, the Diamondbacks have a record of 6-4.
- The Diamondbacks have gone 7-3 in their ten games at home.
- The Diamondbacks are 3-0 in Brandon Pfaadt’s last five starts.
TEXAS RANGERS STRUGGLING VS RUNLINE OF LATE
The Rangers enter today’s action with an overall record of 90-72, putting them in first place in the AL West. So far, they have put together a 50-31 record at home and 40-41. Texas’ overall series record stands at 35-20-2.
Today, Texas starter Max Scherzer will attempt to limit the long ball as he has allowed a home-run in his last two outings. His season record stands at 13-6 with an ERA of 3.77, and he has struck out 174 batters for a K/9 rate of 10.26. Additionally, Scherzer has averaged 2.65 walks per 9 innings pitched.
Max Scherzer will be hoping to rebound from his last start, in which he was unable to complete three innings and allowed two runs on four hits. Despite the shortened outing, the Rangers were still able to secure a 11-4 victory over the Astros, leaving Scherzer with a no-decision.
So far this season, the Rangers’ has gone deep 233 times, placing them 3rd in the league. Over Texas’ previous five games, they are 17th in runs scored, with their season average of 5.4 runs per game putting them 3rd in the league. The Rangers’ overall team batting average stands at .263 along with an OBP of .337.
The Rangers’ Marcus Semien leads the team in hits, boasting a .276 batting average. His slugging percentage stands at .478 and his on-base percentage is .348 entering the game.
WILL THE ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
Throughout the season, the Diamondbacks have taken advantage of playing at home, posting a series record of 15-12 at Chase Field. Their overall record of 84-78 puts Arizona 2nd in the NL West. Against the runline, their overall record is 99-77 and 47-38 at home. This year’s Diamondbacks’ games have an over/under record of 78-90.
Brandon Pfaadt has taken the mound 23 times this season for the Diamondbacks, with an overall record of 3-9. His ERA is 5.72, and he has struck out 8.81 batters per nine innings. His FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching) is 5.18, and opposing hitters have a .321 on-base percentage against him.
Brandon Pfaadt’s last outing against the Phillies saw him surrender two runs and four hits, but he was not credited with the decision as the Diamondbacks emerged victorious 4-2.
As a team, Arizona has scuffled at the plate of late, with a combined batting average of just .208 over their last ten games. Compared to other teams, this is just 25th in that span. When looking at the team’s power numbers, they have a season-long slugging percentage of .408% while going deep a total of 166 times (20th). Overall, the Diamondbacks are 14th in the MLB at 4.6 runs per contest.
Over the past ten games, Alek Thomas has been a major contributor to the Diamondbacks’ offense, leading the team with two home runs. He has nine long balls on the season and carries an average of .230 at the plate.