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 InfoDate/Time: Friday, August 28th, 8:05 PMVenue: Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, TXTV: FSSWRadio: 105.3 The Fan, 1540am ESPN DeportesOpening line: Texas -137Cole 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