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Texas Rangers vs. Cincinnati Reds
MLB: Sunday, June 16, 2019 at 1:10 PM EST
The Rangers had lost two in a row before taking the first game of this series facing the Reds. They have been a little over .500 for the last few weeks and while they sit in 2nd place in the AL West they are still nearly 10 games out of the top spot in the division. Texas only gave up one run in winning the first game of this interleague series and the pitching has been the weakness of the club while their lineup ranks 2nd in MLB in runs scored.
The Reds have recently lost two of three and five of seven games and they are tied with the Pittsburgh Pirates in the basement of the NL Central. Still, they are fewer games out of first place than the Rangers. They have lost their last six interleague home games and in recently losing five of seven games they only totaled six runs in the five losses. Cincy is the opposite in Texas in that they have had solid pitching on the season but have had issues scoring runs.
Rangers look for four in a row with Jurado on the hill
Ariel Jurado (4-2 3.02 ERA) gets the nod in this game and the Rangers have won his last three starts where he picked up a win in each. In his last three outings he has given up eight runs in 18 innings and in his last start he gave up three runs on five hits in six innings in a 9-5 win over the Boston Red Sox. Texas has won four of Jurado’s last five starts after a Quality Appearance in his last game. This is only his 6th start of the season after starting it in the bullpen.
Rangers slugger Joey Gallo leads the Rangers in HR and 2nd in RBI and he is out for this game on the 10-day DL. Rougned Odor hit his 4th career grand slam in the Game 1 win and even though he has a recent four-game hitting streak he is still batting under .190 on the season.
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Hunter Pence did not play in Game 1 of this series getting a day of rest and in the last 39 games, he has the most RBI in the Majors (40).
Gray looks for 3rd win of the season
Sonny Gray (2-5 3.65 ERA) goes in this game for the Reds and looks for his 3rd win and he has been pretty steady in his last few starts. He has not given up more than three runs in any of his last eight starts and in his last start he gave up three runs on four hits in five 2/3 innings in a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. The Reds have won four of his last five starts where he has given up nine runs in 27 2/3 innings of work. Cincinnati has won Gray’s last four starts facing a team with a winning record.
In seven of the first 10 games in June for the Reds, they failed to score over two runs. Eugenio Suarez leads the team in RBI and ranks 2nd in HR but is barely batting over .150 in June. Cincy has lost 20 of their last 26 interleague games facing a team with a winning record.
The Cincinnati Reds are:
- 29-62 in their last 91 interleague games
- 2-5 in their last 7 overall
- 1-4 in their last 5 home games
- 0-6 in their last 6 interleague home games
The Texas Rangers are:
- 4-1 in their last 5 vs. National League Central
- 4-1 in their last 5 road games vs. a right-handed starter
- 6-2 in their last 8 vs. a team with a losing record
- 5-2 in their last 7 road games
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Gray has been pitching well in his last few starts, but will he get much help from the lineup? I don’t think so as Jurado will shut them down and Cincy will continue to struggle to get on base and score runs. Both starters will be solid, but the Rangers will get a few runs and they will take this series finale.
Prediction: PICK: Rangers
Full-Game Total Pick
With both starters in this game pitching well as of late and Cincy’s struggles at the plate you have to go with the Under in this one. Both hurlers will have good outings and runs will be at a premium in this interleave game. Just like Game 1 this game will go Under and that is the smart pick for this series finale.
Prediction: PICK: Under