MLB Betting Lines Preview on Texas Rangers at LA Dodgers

Posted by Mila Anderson on June 17, 2015 in

“There’s no place like home” is a mantra that many teams will repeat throughout the course of the season, especially when their home and away records suggest that a team has something of a split personality. No team represents that feeling better than the Dodgers this year, as their 12-18 road record is far off the 25-10 record posted at home. They will head back to Dodger Stadium to complete a 4-game MLB betting series with the Texas Rangers after losing the first two on the road. The final game of the series is set for Thursday night.

In Depth MLB Betting Lines Preview on Texas Rangers at LA Dodgers & TV Info

Time: Thursday June 18,  10:10 p.m. ET
Venue: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
National TV:  FSSW, MLBN
Radio: 105.3 The Fan
Opening line: TBA

The next few days are important for the Dodgers (37-28), as they have 5 games in the cozy confines of Dodger Stadium before having to head back out on a 10-game road trip. Three of the games they will play at home will come against the San Francisco Giants, who just so happen to be breathing down the neck of the Dodgers in the NL West. There seems to be little way to explain why the Dodgers are so good at home, yet so bad on the road. You keep waiting for them to break their bad road run, but they just keep on disappointing, just as they did in the first two games of this series in Texas. Their inability to get runs on the board was shown again, as they only managed a total of 3 in those 2 outings. Zack Greinke (5-2, 1.95 ERA) will be in the mound.

The Texas Rangers (35-30) are slowing creeping their way back into contention for the lead in the AL West. They now sit 2.5 games back of the Houston Astros, but are continually winning series and chipping away at that lead. Before losing 2 of 3 to the A’s last week, the Rangers had been on a run where they had won 6 straight series. They look to be bouncing right back, as they followed that series loss to Oakland by taking 2 of 3 from the Minnesota Twins, and then the first 2 games of this series. This is a team that is in form, but who are still sort of flying under the radar, which can be a truly deadly combination. Colby Lewis (6-3, 4.37 ERA) will take to the hill for the Rangers on Thursday. Lewis pitched 7 strong innings while getting the win in his last start versus the Twins.

MLB Injuries


  • Adrian Beltre 3B 15-Day DL
  • Lisalverto Bonilla P 60-Day DL
  • Yu Darvish P 60-Day DL
  • Delino DeShields OF 15-Day DL
  • Neftali Feliz P 15-Day DL
  • Josh Hamilton OF 15-Day DL
  • Matt Harrison P 60-Day DL
  • Derek Holland P 60-Day DL
  • Ross Ohlendorf P 15-Day DL
  • Martin Perez P 60-Day DL
  • Jurickson Profar 2B 60-Day DL
  • Antoan Richardson OF 60-Day DL
  • Ryan Rua OF 60-Day DL
  • Nick Tepesch P 60-Day DL


  • Pedro Baez P 15-Day DL
  • Brandon Beachy P 60-Day DL
  • Carl Crawford OF 60-Day DL
  • Brandon League P 15-Day DL
  • Brandon McCarthy P 60-Day DL
  • Joel Peralta P 15-Day DL
  • Paco Rodriguez P 15-Day DL
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu P 60-Day DL
  • Scott Van Slyke OF 15-Day DL

While the smart money might well be on the Dodgers playing at home, I think they could be in trouble in this one. Greinke has given up 24 hits in his last 3 starts, and was lucky to only go 0-1 in that stretch. I think the Rangers might well hand him another loss.