MLB Betting – Rangers vs Red Sox Preview & Pick
The Texas Rangers are fighting to hold off the Los Angeles Angels in for the American League West lead and got a little shot in the arm this week with Adrian Beltre’s return from the DL.
Bet ON MLB – Rangers vs. Red Sox Preview & Pick
Date: Saturday, September 3, 2011
Venue: Fenway Park, Boston, MA
Texas Rangers at Boston Red Sox Betting Lines from Sportsbook.com
Money Line: Red Sox -148
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Texas Rangers (78-60 through September 1)
Colby Lewis (11-9, 4.19)
It comes just in time for the team’s tough trip to Boston this weekend.
Colby Lewis has a difficult test ahead of him as he tries to right the ship. There’s no questioning his stuff and strikeout ability but Lewis just can’t keep the ball in the park. He’s up to 31 homers allowed in 171.2 innings this season. Lewis has been tagged for at least four earned runs five times in his last 10 starts.
One of those outings was a nightmare against Boston on August 23. The BoSox drilled him for seven runs and two homers – both by Adrian Gonzalez. Lewis should consider walking A-Gone whenever he comes to bat on Saturday.
Boston Red Sox (83-53 through September 1)
Erik Bedard (4-9, 3.45)
The Boston Red Sox are locked in a battle with the New York Yankees for first in the AL East after losing two of three at home to the Bronx Bombers this week. They need every win they can get this month.
In theory, they should be in reasonably good hands with newly acquired Erik Bedard on the hill, but he’s been unlucky with Boston. Bedard has a 3.46 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 26 innings over five starts with the team but hasn’t won a game yet. He has a respectable 3.42 ERA over 14 career starts against Texas.
TEX are 9-3 in their last 12 road games.
Over is 8-3-1 in TEX last 12 Sat. games.
Under is 5-2-1 in TEX last 8 games following a win.
BOS are 8-2 in their last 10 Sat. games.
TEX are 16-38 in the last 54 meetings in Boston.
TEX are 11-5 in the last 16 meetings.
MLB Free pick:
Bedard hasn’t been perfect by any means but Lewis is a walking red flag these days. He’s just far too hittable and, as we saw just over a week ago, the majors’ top hitting team in terms of batting and OPS make a hellish matchup for him. I wouldn’t be surprised if Lewis’ start Saturday was very similar to his last outing versus Boston.
Rangers vs Red Sox prediction: Red Sox 7, Rangers 3