The Rangers are on a serious roll, having won four straight games. Will they make it five in a row with a series-opening victory over San Diego tonight? Check out our MLB odds preview inside.
The MLB odds are tight for tonight's game at Petco, with the Padres holding the favorites tag at -120. If you think Texas is worth backing, you can do so at +110.
Petco Park is one of the most pitcher-friendly ballparks in all of baseball, and both Ross and Lewis have been solid. As a result, we can see why oddsmakers have posted the O/U at a low number of seven runs for this evening's series opener.
San Diego Padres (Ross)
The Padres were able to avoid a sweep yesterday in Philadelphia, but they still come in having lost three of their previous four. They're now at 63-67 overall on the season, which puts them 9.5 games back of first place in the NL West. Time is running out for San Diego if they want to reach the postseason.
Next up in the rotation, after James Shields pitched an excellent seven innings in last night's win over teh Phillies, will be another right-hander in Tyson Ross. He's 9-9 with a 3.42 ERA and 1.38 WHIP over 158 innings of work this season. A reliable staple for what's otherwise been a shaky pitching staff, Ross has actually been slightly worse at home in 2015, surprisingly enough. He's gone 3-6 with a 4.13 ERA over 11 starts at Petco.
That being said, Ross has already shut down this Texas offense once this season, holding the Rangers to three hits and zero runs over 6 and 2/3 innings. Is a repeat in the cards tonight?
Texas Rangers (Lewis)
Dont look now but the Rangers are on a roll, as they've made up a ton of ground in recent weeks. They're only three games back of first place in the division and they're now seven games above .500 (68-61) for the season. Texas will try to keep momentum high in this trip to San Diego, with their hopes resting on Colby Lewis in the opener.
Lewis owns an impressive 14-6 win-loss record, but has very clearly been helped out by his offense, as the righty owns a forgettable 4.38 ERA and 1.20 WHIP. Since the All-Star Break, Lewis has been solid as a rock though, posting a 6-2 record to go with a 3.57 ERA and 37:10 K:BB ratio over 53 innings.
Lewis has met up with the Padres already in 2015 and held his own, surrendering just five hits and three earned runs (with five strikeouts and two walks) over seven innings. He struggled a bit in his most recent start (5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 ER), but will try to bounce back in sunny San Diego this evening.
With the way they've been playing, it's hard to go against the Rangers at this point. They're very much on a roll and they look like they're on a mission to claim a playoff spot with a late run.
Some may be scared off by the notion of backing Lewis, but he's actually pitched better than people think, especially out on the road where he's gone 8-4 with a 3.71 ERA. That's not too shabby. The pitching environment will be even better for the right-hander in San Diego tonight, and we all know the Padres offense isn't all that scary.
On the other side, Ross is a quality arm, but the Rangers bring a lot more pop at the plate and they're clearly in the better overall form at this time. With that being said, we're going to jump on the opportunity to add Texas to our MLB picks at a nice plus price.
MLB Pick: Texas Rangers +110 at 5Dimes