Free MLB Picks: White Sox vs. Rangers

Jeff Grant

Thursday, May 2, 2013 1:07 PM GMT

Thursday, May. 2, 2013 1:07 PM GMT

The Texas Rangers are the only team in the majors not to lose a series this season, as they prepare to close out a three-game set against the Chicago White Sox Thursday night.


Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this American League matchup at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET.

Back in the win column 

Chicago snapped a three-game losing by picking up a 5-2 victory over Texas as +108 road underdogs Thursday night, while going UNDER the total for the first time in five contests. 

The White Sox are 35-24 in May the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 31-25-3 in that situation. 

Unblemished 

Despite last night’s loss, Texas is in great position to improve upon its 5-0-3 series record to start the season, as it has gone 29-2-6 when winning the opening game since the start of the 2012 campaign. 

MLB bettors should note that the Rangers are 28-17 as home favorites of -125 to -150 over the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 23-20-2 in those 45 opportunities. 

Peavy 

White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy (3-1, 3.38 ERA) has watched the club alternate wins and losses over his first five starts this season, as he earned a 5-4 home victory over the Tampa Bay Rays last time out, allowing three runs and six hits over 6.2 innings of work. 

The right-hander is 1-1 with a 5.11 ERA in two road outings, with opposing hitters batting .304 against him, but he has issued just a single walk and struck out 18 batters in 12.1 frames away from U.S. Cellular Field. 

Peavy has compiled a dismal 0-2 record and 7.59 ERA in four career appearances versus the Rangers, while his teams have dropped all four of his starts with umpire Bill Welke behind the dish overall. 

Grimm

Rangers starting pitcher Justin Grimm (2-0, 1.59 ERA) has led the team to victory in all three of his outings, with the offense providing him 19 runs of support, as he enters off a 4-3 road win over the Minnesota Twins last time out. 

The right-hander has surrendered just one home run in 17 combined innings this season, which should serve him well against an opponent that often relies on the long ball to score offensively.

[gameodds]3/225946/43/us[/gameodds]

Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Rangers as one of their MLB picks Thursday, as Peavy enters with a 6.46 ERA at this ballpark—his worst mark of any current venue in the league.

MLB Pick:  Texas Rangers -127 at Bet365

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