The Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers square off on Friday night from Arlington in a one game playoff for the American League wild-card. All odds for this game can be found at Bovada sportsbook.
The Baltimore Orioles are definitely the surprise team in the American League playoffs given they navigated what was thought to be the toughest division in baseball in order to get here. They battled until the last day of the regular season and came up just short in their pursuit of a division title. In this all or nothing contest Baltimore will start Joe Saunders who was a late-season acquisition from the Diamondbacks. While the Orioles will start Saunders you can expect an all hands on deck situation as a loss simply means the Orioles are eliminated and their season is over. However, in 44 innings of work as an Oriole Saunders is pitching to 3.63 ERA which are not bad numbers by any means.
The Rangers were in first place from April 9 until the last day of the season when a loss to the Athletics cost them the division. They were 3-7in the last 10 games, but look to put that behind them in order to make a run to their third consecutive World Series appearance. Texas will start their hottest pitcher in this one game playoff and that starter is Yu Darvish. This is Darvish’s first game in the playoffs as a major leaguer and he will be looking to capitalize on this golden opportunity. For the season Darvish is pitching to a 3.90 ERA in 191 innings of work.
To be honest the odds on this game as far as a moneyline goes are a little bit too high for us to get behind. We look for this to be anything but a pitchers duel tonight so we will take the over for total runs scored with sportsbook betting.