The Texas Rangers continue their three-game interleague series with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Rangers are in last place in the American League West, 16 games behind the Mariners while the Dodgers are second in the National League West, three games behind the Diamondbacks.
Hamels gives up five runs to the Astros
Cole Hamels (3-6, 3.86 ERA, 1.24 WHIP) gave up five earned runs on seven hits (two home runs) and two walks with five strikeouts across 7 1/3 innings in a 5-2 loss against the Astros last Thursday. The longball cost Hamels again, as three of his five runs came on the two home runs he surrendered and now he’s yielded two home runs in four consecutive starts, elevating his home runs per 9 innings (HR/9) to 1.9 for the season.
Key stats of the Texas Rangers:
- 285 runs (15th)
- .230 batting average (28th)
- 4.75 earned run average (25th)
- 1.39 WHIP (24th)
Players to watch:
Joey Gallo (17 HR, 37 RBI)
Nomar Mazara (14 HR, 42 RBI)
Shin-Soo Choo (11 HR, 29 RBI)
Maeda returns from disabled list
Kenta Maeda (4-4, 3.61 ERA, 1.28 WHIP) will make his first start since May 29, when he allowed two earned run on three hits (one home run) and one walk with two strikeouts in just 1 2/3 innings because he had to leave the game with a hip injury. Maeda is just 2-3 with a 3.38 ERA in six home starts and 2-3 with a 3.55 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP in his last seven starts.
Key stats of the Los Angeles Dodgers:
- 312 runs (7th)
- .243 batting average (18th)
- 3.71 earned run average (11th)
- 1.23 WHIP (11th)
Players to watch:
Cody Bellinger (12 HR, 31 RBI)
Max Muncy (12 HR, 28 RBI)
Yasmani Grandal (11 HR, 35 RBI)
The Texas Rangers are:
- 6-1 in Hamels’ last seven interleague starts
- 19-7 in Hamels’ last 26 starts during game 2 of a series
- 15-7 in Hamels’ last 22 starts with five days of rest
The Los Angeles Dodgers are:
- 1-4 in their last five during game 2 of a series
- 1-8 in their last nine games against a team with a winning percentage below .400
The Dodgers are on fire, hitting nine home runs in their recent three-game series against the Braves but I like Cole Hamels to keep the ball in the park against the them. Hamels is 2-1 with a 2.55 ERA in six road starts and he has a 1.89 ERA and one shutout in eight starts against the Dodgers. I’m taking the Rangers at plus money.