Boston Red Sox vs Texas Rangers Online MLB Betting Preview

Posted by Alex Murphy on Thursday,May 21, 2015 7:00, EST in

There aren’t many teams on baseball right now who are making big, big moves. Other than the White Sox and Nationals, most teams are hovering in or around the .500 mark over the past couple of weeks, with 4-6, 5-5, and 6-4 the most common 10-game records in baseball right now. Two teams that are in that group, the Texas Rangers and the Boston Red Sox, are in the midst of a 3-game series in Boston, with the final game set for Thursday night and Boston marked as the MLB odds favorite.

A Brief Analysis on the Boston Red Sox vs Texas Rangers Online MLB Betting Preview & TV Info

Time: Thursday, 7:10 p.m. ET
Venue: Fenway Park, Boston
National TV: none
Opening line: Red Sox -157, Rangers +147 (9 runs)

The Red Sox (19-20) are 6-4 in their last 10 games, and have actually been able to make up a little ground in the AL East due to the fact that the Yankees are in a bit of a slump. You have to wonder how long they can maintain their winning ways if they continue to struggle on offense. The Red Sox have managed only 15 runs in their last 7 games, which is not a pace that is likely to deliver a whole lot of wins if it continues. The fact that they were able to win 4 of those 7 games lets you know that the pitching is starting to step up in a positive way. Clay Buchholz (2-4, 4.93 ERA) will start for Boston, and will be looking to build upon his stellar last outing, where he went 8.0 innings whilst only surrendering a single run.

The tough thing for the Texas Rangers (16-23) is that their 4-6 record over the last 10 games is indicative of how their season has gone to this point. They have been putting runs on the board, but have been leaking pretty badly defensively, which has led to them going 1-4 in their last 5. That included losing the first game of this series to the Red Sox. One positive note for the Rangers has been the play of Shin-Soo Choo in the month of May. He has hit 5 runs in that time, and is seeing his batting average start to climb at a very steady rate. Wandy Rodriguez (1-2, 3.86 ERA) will take to the mound for the Rangers on Thursday night. Rodriguez was hit very hard by the Indians in his last start, and was unable to get out of the 5th inning.

Key Online Betting Trends

Boston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston’s last 5 games
Boston is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Boston’s last 8 games at home
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Texas
Texas is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Texas is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas’s last 6 games on the road
Texas is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Boston
Texas is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Boston

Consider This Before Placing Your Bets

You get the sense that the Red Sox bats have to come back to life sooner rather than later, and this might just be the game where it happens. I like Boston to win this one, possibly sending Rodriguez to the bench early for the second straight start.