Game Preview: Rangers Vs. Red Sox

by Clayton Richer | Posted on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017
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The Boston Red Sox and the Texas Rangers will continue their series on Wednesday as the Red Sox trot out their ace Chris Sale opposite Martin Perez in game two of their three-game set that takes place at 7:10 p.m eastern time at Fenway Park.

This is the first series between the two teams thus far in the 2017 campaign.

Starting Pitchers:

The arm to keep an eye on in this affair is undoubtedly Chris Sale who boasts a 4-2 record with a 2.19 earned run average in 9 starts so far this season. Sale has 10 or more strikeouts in his last 8 consecutive starts including 3 starts with at least 12 whiffs.

The Rangers are hopeful Martin Perez can silence the Red Sox bats while they find an answer for Sale. In 9 starts Perez has accumulated a 3.71 earned run average while fanning 36 in 51 innings of work.

Game Within The Game

Both teams are chasing the top seed in their respective divisions and are within striking distance. The Red Sox sit in the middle of the pack looking to leapfrog the Baltimore Orioles so they can get a clear site on the division-leading New York Yankees. The Red Sox have hovered at the .500 mark all season long.

The Rangers sit in second place in the AL West-chasing the upstart Houston Astros for first place in the division. The Texas contingent has rattled off a handful of wins the past week and finally look like they are hitting their stride.

“Boston and Texas meet for the first time this season and they’re in a decent spot in their divisions. The Red Sox are the favorite in the MLB odds at -195, but the Rangers seem a bit more focused and in better shape than their conference rivals. Keep your eyes out for this series.” says line director David Strauss of MyBookie online sportsbook.

Players To Watch

Chris Sale- The Rangers are batting .112 having only mustered 9 hits in 80 at bats including 37 strikeouts versus Sale.

Chris Young– The outfielder has had success versus Perez in limited opportunities batting .571 going 4 for 7 with a home run.

Notable Injuries

Red Sox: David Price, Pablo Sandoval, Brock Holt, Tyler Thornburg, Steven Wright, Carson Smith

Rangers: Cole Hamels, Adrian Beltre, Carlos Gomez, Tyson Ross, Jake Diekman, Jose Leclerc

Game Odds

Game:

Texas Rangers vs Boston Red Sox

Spread:

Texas Rangers +1½-120

Boston Red Sox -1½EV

Total:

9 O-120 / U+100

Moneyline:

Texas Rangers +165

Boston Red Sox -195

Odds By MyBookie

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Clayton Richer is an MLB scribe from north of the border with a slight bias for the Toronto Blue Jays. Clayton has also been the shop-keeper at Baseball Hot Corner since the sites inception in 2012. Follow and interact with Clayton on Twitter @MLBHotCorner or @ClaytonRicher







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