Monday night baseball and we will see the Los Angeles Dodgers take on the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. Free Pick to follow. First pitch is scheduled for a 8:05 PM (Eastern) start time and the game will be televised locally.
Over/ Under: 9 U -120
This is game 1 of a 4 game series between these Interleague League foes. The Los Angeles Dodgers come in having won 4 5 of their last 6 games and have lengthened their lead in the NL West to 3.5 games over the Giants, while the Rangers are 33-30 on the year and in second place in the AL West, 2.5 games behind the Astros.
The Dodgers rank 5th in scoring (4.41 rpg), 10th in hitting (.258) and 2nd in homers (81), while on the mound they are 3rd in ERA (3.27) and 2nd in WHIP (1.19). The Dodgers have gone 11-3 in their last 14 interleague road games and 30-11 in their last 41 Monday games, but just 1-6 in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning record.
Texas ranks 3rd in scoring (4.59 rpg), 15th in hitting (.252) and 11th in homers (66), while on the mound they are 21st in ERA (4.09) and 25th in WHIP (1.34). Texas has gone 13-4 in their last 17 games vs. a right-handed starter and 27-9 in their last 36 vs. a team with a winning record, but just 20-47 in their last 67 games as a home underdog.
Getting the ball for the Dodgers tonight will be Carlos Frias, who is 3-3 with a 4.5 ERA in 8 starts this year, while in 3 road starts this year he is 2-1 with a 2.00 ERA. This will be his first ever meeting with the Rangers.
Taking the hill for the Rangers tonight will be Yovani Gallardo, who is 5-6 with a 3.45 ERA in 13 overall starts, while at home he has gone 3-2 with a 2.65 ERA. Yovani has 8 career starts vs the Dodgers and doesn't have good numbers vs them, going just 2-4 with a 5.23 ERA in those starts.
Pick: Let's go with the Under in this game. Both of these starters have pitched very well of late and both should be able to slow down some hot offenses in this one. Gallardo has a solid 2.65 ERA at home, while his 6 home starts have averaged just 6.83 rpg on the year. Carlos Frias has a solid 1.77 ERA in his last 3 starts, while on the road he has compiled an ERA of just 1.89. I expect a low scoring game in this one, even though the teams will be playing with the DH.
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