The Texas Rangers and the Baltimore Orioles start their series tonight from Texas. All of the updated odds for this important game can be found at Bovada sportsbook.
The Rangers are looking to make it back for their third straight World Series appearance and seem to be headed in the right direction. There are 36 – 22 at home this season and have a comfortable five game lead in their division. One thing they will need going into the playoffs is solid starting pitching. They are hoping Ryan Dempster can turn things around since being trained to them in July. He is pitching to 8.31 ERA so far since being traded in 17 innings of work.
The Orioles on the other hand are also showing no signs of dropping out of the playoff race and are right in the middle of it. They are 34-26 on the road this season and sit 5.5 games in back of division lead. They will be looking to Miguel Gonzalez who has won 3 decisions in a row to get the series off to a good start. In just 61 innings of work Gonzalez is pitching to a 3.38 ERA.
Texas is 4-1 in their last five home games against a team with a winning record, 48-23 in game one of a series, and 68-33 in their last 101 games as a home favorite. Baltimore is 4-0 in their last four games against the AL West, 11-4 in their last 15 games overall, and 4-0 in Gonzalez’s last four starts as a road underdog. Baltimore is 1-8 in the last nine meetings of these two.
The total in this game is in the double digits. We expect Dempster to pitch better so we will take the under for total runs scored in this game at the sportsbooks.