The Rangers (73-57, 31-33 away) travel to take on the Mets (60-71, 32-30 home) in game one of this interleague matchup. Jon Gray is getting the start for the Rangers while Tylor Megill is starting for the Mets. See who I like to pick up the win in today’s Texas Rangers vs. New York Mets showdown at Citi Field.
TEXAS RANGERS VS NEW YORK METS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Texas Rangers -1.5 Runs
This game will be played at Citi Field at 7:10 ET on Monday, August 28th.
WHY BET THE TEXAS RANGERS:
- The Rangers will be taking on a Mets club that is just 2-3 vs. the runline over their last five games.
- Looking at the Rangers’ last three games as the underdog, they are just 1-2 vs. the runline.
- Tylor Megill has struggled of late, coming in with an ERA of 6.87 over his last four starts.
TEXAS RANGERS TRYING TO CLOSE GAP IN AL WEST
On a record of 73-57, the Rangers find themselves in 2nd place in the AL West. When playing away from home, Texas is just 31-33 and come into the game with an overall series record of 24-15-2.
Jon Gray takes the mound for the Texas Rangers with an 8-7 record. He’s made 23 appearances this season, boasting a 3.76 ERA and 7.59 K/9 rate. His FIP is 4.13 and opponents have a .302 OBP against him.
The Rangers were unable to come away with a victory in Jon Gray’s most recent start, as they fell 6-3 to the Diamondbacks. Gray went four innings, giving up five earned runs on seven hits.
Having gone deep 13 times in their last ten games, the Rangers are 9th in that span. At 5.6 runs per game, Texas is 2nd in the league. This figure has come on a team batting average of .268 while hitting a total of 182 home runs (5th).
The Rangers’ offensive leader, Marcus Semien, is batting .278 this season. He has a .461 slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .349.
WILL THE NEW YORK METS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
Entering game 132 of their season, the Mets are 25 games out in the NL East and are in 5th place. So far, their overall series record stands at 15-22-5. New York’s road winning percent is currently 40.6% (28-41) compared to 51.6% at home (32-30).
The Mets will turn to starter Tylor Megill, who has an overall record of 7-7. In his 19 appearances this season, Megill’s ERA is 5.54 with a K/9 of 7.32. His FIP is 5.29 and opponents have an OBP of .368 against him.
Tylor Megill’s outing against the Braves resulted in a loss for the Mets, as he allowed three runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings.
For the season, the Mets’ offense is averaging 4.4 runs per game. Over their last ten games they have swung the bats well, sitting 10th in the league in scoring, with a total of 46 runs. Overall, New York’s team batting average is .237, putting them 18th in the MLB.
Francisco Lindor has been a major offensive contributor for the Mets in 2023. His batting average of .255 is complemented by 79 runs batted in and 24 home runs.