MLB Picks: Rangers to Rock Rockies Tuesday

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 12:58 PM UTC

Tuesday, May. 6, 2014 12:58 PM UTC

The Texas Rangers have won a lot of road games against National League opponents in recent years, making them a dangerous underdog against the Colorado Rockies Tuesday night. Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this interleague matchup at Coors Field.
Struggling to find consistency
Texas has alternated wins and losses over its last five games, as it looks to bounce back from a 8-2 defeat to Colorado as +104 road underdogs Monday, while going 'under' the betting total of 10.5. The Rangers are certainly capable of winning this series, considering they’ve compiled a MLB-best 25-13 record in interleague road games since the start of the 2010 campaign. Sports bettors will find that the club is 10-10 against right-handed starters this season, with the 'under' going 11-8-1 in that situation.

Hammering opponents at home
Colorado paces the majors with a .344 average, 31 home runs and 7.4 runs per game when playing at home, with shortstop Troy Tulowitzki leading the charge in hitting six of his nine home runs at this ballpark. The Rockies are 12-11 all-time against the Rangers, including an 8-4 mark when playing in the Mile High City. It’s important to point out that the franchise has won all nine of its games this season at home with a betting total of 10 to 10.5.

Ross Jr.
Rangers starting pitcher Robbie Ross Jr. (1-2, 3.86 ERA) suffered a 12-1 home defeat to the Oakland Athletics last time out, as he allowed a season-high 10 runs (six earned) on 11 hits over just 3.1 innings of work. The left-hander has yet to earn a decision in two road efforts—surrendering just two earned runs and eight hits over 11.1 combined frames. Ross totaled two scoreless innings in a pair of appearances against the Rockies during a series in Arlington during the 2012 campaign.

Rockies starting pitcher Juan Nicasio (3-1, 4.19 ERA) earned a 7-4 home win over the New York Mets last time out, as he scattered just three hits over seven shutout innings. The right-hander is 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA in four home appearances, with opposing hitters batting .239 against him. Nicasio has never faced the Rangers, but he’s gone 2-3 with a 6.07 ERA in his career against AL teams.

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Rangers as one of their MLB picks, as the Rockies have gone 3-8 in their last 11 interleague home games as favorites of -110 to -150.

Free MLB Pick: Texas Rangers +110
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