Tonight’s Top of the Ticket Play is simply too good to pass up! Once you read my analysis, you will be eager to join me in taking off the rubber band. Take this MLB pick with confidence.
Boston Red Sox (E. Rodriguez) at Texas Rangers (N. Martinez) (-105) 8:05 ET
The Red Sox and Rangers square off for a 4-game weekend series to end the month of May. Earlier this month, Texas traveled to Boston, where they won the final 2 of the 3-game series. Those victories began a road streak that saw Texas win 7 consecutive games before losing at Cleveland yesterday (12-3). The Red Sox have been heading the opposite direction coming off a 3-game sweep at the hands of Minnesota in early week action by a count of 15-7.
The Boston Red Sox are clearly underperforming expectations. This has been a peripatetic team, who in recent seasons has vacillated from 69 wins in 2012 to 97 wins in 2013 to 71 wins in 2014. With the addition of big bats, Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval, more was expected from an anemic Boston offense which has a .688 OPS. The veteran pitching staff is underachieving as well with a .746 OPS. The 21-26 resulting mark leaves them in last place in the AL East. The 3-game struggle at Minnesota has been a microcosm of their poor performance on the road. In their last 9 road games, in which they are 3-6, Boston has plated only 18 runs never scoring more than 4 times in any game. It is all part of a 9-16 record in the month of May. Injuries to the pitching staff have resulted in the premature call-up of 22 year old E. Rodriguez. In 8 starts at AAA Pawtucket, Rodriguez is 4-3 with a 2.98 ERA. It is not believed he is ready for the prime time in the persons of the booming bats of the Texas Rangers.
Since the beginning of their most recent home stand on May 11th, the Rangers have plated 93 runs in 16 games for an average of 5.7 RPG. Since May 2nd, Texas is 16-9, including 7-1 recently. Intangible for tonight’s game is the home debut of returning star, Josh Hamilton. With promotional seating increasing the home crowd, it will be no surprise to see Hamilton break out of the 1-11 slump in his opening series at Cleveland. Taking the mound for the Rangers tonight will be N. Martinez. The Rangers have won 8 of his 9 starts with Martinez going 4-0 with 1.96 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. He is off a quality start in which he pitched 7 innings, allowing 2 runs in a 15-4 win vs. NYY.
This is clearly a case of 2 teams headed opposite directions. We play the Texas Rangers at home at this MLB odds value price behind the unblemished and undefeated record of their best starter.
MLB Pick: Take Texas Rangers