Just when it starts to look as though the muddy waters of the AL Wild Card race are going to clear up a little, MLB odds of the teams involved change, causing the standings to get shaken up once again. Two teams, the Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles, in the thick of the action will hook up in Texas starting on Friday. The winner of this one will almost certainly help their own playoff cause.
Closer Look at the Baltimore Orioles at Texas Rangers MLB Lines Prediction & Game Info
Date/Time: Friday, August 28th, 8:05 PM
Venue: Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, TX
Radio: 105.3 The Fan, 1540am ESPN Deportes
Opening line: Texas -137
— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) August 27, 2015
It looked for a moment as though the Texas Rangers (64-61) were going to make a serious run at the Houston Astros in the AL West, but then they ran into the juggernaut that is the Toronto Blue Jays. Texas will need to get a win against the Jays on Thursday afternoon if they want to avoid the sweep I that series. The Rangers have lost ground in the division race, but perhaps more importantly, have now given up the final Wild Card spot to the Minnesota Twins. The Orioles are nipping right at their heels, which is why this series is so important for both teams. With the race so tight and time running out, it is imperative that the teams in the hunt do not lose any more ground. Cole Hamels (7-8, 3.82 ERA) will start. Hamels seems to have finally found his groove in Texas, as he has gone unbeaten his last 2 starts.
The playoff chances of the Orioles took a serious hit with a 6-game losing streak, although they did snap that with a win over the Kansas City Royals. They have another game versus KC on Thursday night, and really need to get something out of that in order to come into this series feeling somewhat good about themselves. The next 15 games, 9 of which are on the road, are crucial for the Orioles, as they are all against teams that are currently in the playoffs or flirting with being there. If they continue to play the type of ball that they are playing right now, the postseason dream could well be dead at the end of that stretch. Kevin Gausman (2-5, 4.30 ERA) will be bringing a 4-game winless streak to the mound with him on Friday.
- Steve Clevenger C P
- J.J. Hardy SS 15-Day DL
- Chaz Roe P 15-Day DL
- Mike Wright P 15-Day DL
- Kyle Blanks 1B 60-Day DL
- Lisalverto Bonilla P 60-Day DL
- Robinson Chirinos C 15-Day DL
- Carlos Corporan C 15-Day DL
- Yu Darvish P 60-Day DL
- Josh Hamilton OF 15-Day DL
- Jurickson Profar 2B 60-Day DL
- Antoan Richardson OF 60-Day DL
- Nick Tepesch P 60-Day DL
If you take out the series against the red hot Jays, the Rangers have actually been great over the past couple of weeks. Most teams would struggle against Toronto right now, so those losses are not a sign of a team in decline, and I think they will bounce right back against the O’s.