In an interesting matchup among July 6th’s Major League Baseball games, the Texas Rangers, who remain leaders in the AL West, are set to face off against the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox, who are trying to stay relevant in the playoff picture, will host the game with a 22-22 record at home. Meanwhile, the Rangers have a 24-18 record on the road this season. From that point of view, you would expect Texas to be mild favorites in this game.
Rangers vs Red Sox probable starting pitchers
The Rangers will be sending their ace pitcher, Nathan Eovaldi, to the mound. He is a part of the reason that Texas is experiencing some success this season. Overall, he has been in sharp form with an impressive record of 10-3. Eovaldi has a strong ERA of 2.64 but his WHIP is even more impressive at just .99. The probable starter has also struck out 106 batters this season and he is among the AL’s Cy Young hopefuls as MLB teams approach the 90-game mark of the season.
The Red Sox will rely on Kutter Crawford to keep them competitive. Crawford has had a good season so far when you go by ERA (3.77) and WHIP (1.08). However, with a record of 3 wins and 4 losses, run support has been a problem for him. There have been several games where he has allowed one earned run or less and not picked up the win.
Texas Rangers vs Boston Red Sox recent trends
Neither of these teams has played particularly strong of late. Each is just 4-6 in their last 10 games. Furthermore, on longer-termed trends, each is just 14-16 over their last 30 games. That’s a little surprising for Texas since they are a division leader. Perhaps they are a little bit more vulnerable than their overall record suggests and, from that perspective, this looks like a game to take the underdog in.
Boston is priced at +120 (6/5) with bet365 sportsbook’s moneyline. However, due to Eovaldi on the mound for the opposition, partisan Boston fans should go with the handicap option. A runline of +1.5 is available with the same firm at -135 (5/7).
Impartial value bettors should be taking the UNDER for run total. 10.0 runs looks high for this game given the starting pitchers. Take the UNDER with bet365 at odds of -110 (10/11). Game time for July 6th is 7:10 PM ET.