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(73-52) Texas Rangers vs. Cincinnati Reds (53-71)
Date: Tuesday August 23, 2016
Time: 7:10 PM ET
Venue: Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati, OH
Projected Pitchers: Derek Holland vs Dan Straily
MLB Moneyline Odds: Texas -102
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: 9.0
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The Rangers are in control of the AL West Division lead for now but the Reds are one of the hottest teams in baseball right now. Cincinnati is 21-14 since the All-Star break and just took 5 of 8 from playoff hopefuls in the Marlins and Dodgers.
They’ll send probably their hottest pitcher to the mound in Dan Straily who has given up 3 runs or fewer in nine straight starts.
The Rangers trade deadline additions of Carlos Beltran and Jonathan Lucroy paid immediate dividends as Lucroy is hitting .339 with 7 home runs since being acquired on August 1st.
Beltran started hot with 7 hits in his first five games in a Ranger uniform but has hit a slump going hitless in his last four games.
On paper, the Rangers lineup is loaded but recently they have been struggling a bit. They have scored 6 or fewer runs in 8 straight games and only have gone over that mark 3 times in the 21 games.
Great American Ballpark is a good hitters’ park and the Reds have been showing that lately.
Derek Holland will have his hands full with one of the hottest lineups in baseball. Holland will be making his first start since returning from the 60 day DL with a shoulder injury.
Expect his outing to be short as the Rangers ease him back in or as the Reds lineup knocks him out of the game.
Straily has been very sharp lately winning five straight decisions and surrendering no more than 3 runs in his last nine starts. A somewhat struggling Rangers lineup should bode well for Straily continuing his run of consistency.
Straily is a fly ball pitcher and the Rangers lineup has plenty of guys that can hit homers.
The Reds lineup should be able to get going against Holland as he returns from the disabled list.
Whether banged up shortstop Zach Cosart returns to the lineup or not is something to keep an eye on as he is a big power upgrade over his replacement Ivan De Jesus or Jose Peraza.
Another thing to keep an eye on is any prop bets for Billy Hamilton stolen bases.
Holland is fresh off of the DL so he could be slow to the plate and his pickoff move will be rusty.
If Hamilton gets on, he should be able to steal a couple on Holland.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Over is 9-2 in CIN last 11 games
- Over is 5-2-1 in last 8 meetings between teams
- TEX are 9-3 in their last 12 games on grass
- Over is 14-9 in Straily’s starts this season for CIN
- CIN are 15-8 in Straily’s starts this season
Free Texas Rangers vs. Cincinnati Reds MLB Prediction:
The Reds have been scoring runs and the Rangers offense is due to break out. The Reds will probably win this game as I am expecting Holland to have his fair share of struggles.
But, the more likely pick is the over.
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If you are feeling confident in the Reds, go for it. But, remember the Reds are 4th/5th place team for a reason. The back end of their bullpen is weak and their starters are – well, average – to say the least.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Cincinnati 8-6
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