MLB Picks: Bet Indians vs. Rangers to go 'Over'

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 11:30 AM GMT

Wednesday, Jun. 12, 2013 11:30 AM GMT

Indians starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez has struggled to find the strike zone with Wednesday’s scheduled umpire behind home plate, which should be a factor against the Texas Rangers.


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

Back in the win column 

Cleveland snapped an eight-game losing streak by capturing a 5-2 victory over Texas as +150 road underdogs Tuesday, while going UNDER the total for a third consecutive contest. 

The Indians are 3-10 on the road with a total of 10 to 10.5 the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 7-4-2 in that situation. 

Going through the motions  

Texas has compiled a 4-6 record over its last 10 games, with the offense providing just 33 combined runs over that span, which has led to the UNDER cashing in seven of those contests. 

The Rangers are 8-4 as home favorites of -125 to -150 this season, with the UNDER going 6-5-1 in those 12 opportunities. 

Jimenez 

Indians starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez (4-4, 5.03 ERA) has watched the club alternate wins and losses over his last three outings, as he comes off a 7-5 setback on the road to the Detroit Tigers, allowing five runs (three earned) and seven hits over three frames. 

The right-hander is 2-1 with a 2.91 ERA in six road outings, issuing 13 walks and striking out 31 batters in 34 combined innings, with opposing hitters batting just .200 against him.

In four career games versus the Rangers, Jimenez has tallied a 1-2 record and 4.37 ERA, including an 0-1 mark and 6.30 ERA in two efforts in the Lone Star State. 

Tepesch

Rangers starting pitcher Nick Tepesch (3-5, 3.92 ERA) has watched the squad drop his last four efforts, with the team scoring just six combined runs over that span.  He suffered a 6-1 road loss to the Toronto Blue Jays last time out. 

The right-hander is 1-2 with a 2.67 ERA in five home appearances, issuing eight walks and striking out 15 batters in 27 combined frames. 

Tepesch will be making his first-ever start against the Indians. 

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[gameodds]3/236247/43-349-192/us[/gameodds]

Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their MLB picks Wednesday, as the OVER is 7-3-1 in Jimenez’ last 11 starts as a road underdog of +110 to +150. 

In four career starts with umpire Laz Diaz behind home plate, the right-hander has compiled a 9.00 ERA—walking 15 batters in 15 innings of work. 

MLB Pick: Over 10 at Bet 365

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