The Rangers (72-52, 30-28 away) travel to take on the Diamondbacks (64-61, 30-31 home) in game one of this interleague matchup. Jordan Montgomery is getting the start for the Rangers while Slade Cecconi 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 +128
This game will be played at Chase Field at 9:40 ET on Monday, August 21st.
WHY BET THE ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS:
- In their five most recent games as the favorite, the Rangers have gone just 1-4 straight-up.
- So far this year, the Diamondbacks lead the season series against the Rangers 1-1.
- In Jordan Montgomery’s 24 starts, the Rangers have a record of just 9-15.
TEXAS RANGERS LOOK TO CONTINUE WINNING WAYS ON THE ROAD
This season, the Rangers have an overall series record of 24-13-2 and are currently 1st in the AL West. Texas’ overall record is 72-52, which includes their current four game losing streak. On the road, the Rangers are 30-28 and 42-24 at home.
Jordan Montgomery will take the mound for the Rangers with an 8-10 record in 24 appearances. His ERA is 3.30, and he has a K/9 of 8.29. The southpaw’s FIP is 3.62, while his OBP sits at .295 thus far in the 2023 season.
Jordan Montgomery’s last outing was a success, as he earned the win in the 7-3 victory over the Angels. The lefty tossed six frames, allowing one run on six hits.
The Rangers have been one of the top power lineups in the league of late, having hit 5 home runs over their last five games. Compared to other clubs, this is 7th best in that span. For the season, they are ranked 5th in home runs and 2nd in slugging percentage. Overall, Texas is averaging 5.7 runs per game (2nd).
Over the Rangers’ last five games, Corey Seager has been a standout at the plate, leading the team with one home run. So far this season, Seager has blasted 23 long balls and is batting an impressive .346.
WILL THE ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
Winners of two straight games, the Diamondbacks are in 3rd place in the NL West. So far, they have a series win percentage of 57% (21-16-3). Arizona has gone 34-30 on the road this season compared to 30-31 at home.
Slade Cecconi has made three appearances in the 2023 season, but is still searching for his first win. His ERA stands at 3.48, and opposing batters are hitting .231 against him. He has given up one home run and has an OPS of .743 against him.
Slade Cecconi’s most recent start against the Rockies saw him surrender two runs and four hits over four innings, although he was not awarded the decision as the Diamondbacks emerged victorious 9-7.
For the season, the Diamondbacks’ offense is averaging 4.7 runs per game. Over their last ten games they have swung the bats well, sitting 8th in the league in scoring, with a total of 51 runs. Overall, Arizona’s team batting average is .254, putting them 8th in the MLB.
The Diamondbacks’ Corbin Carroll has been a key contributor to the team’s offensive success this season. He currently holds a .273 batting average with 60 runs batted in and 21 home runs.