Texas Rangers (56-72) vs San Francisco Giants (62-65)Date : 08/24/2018
Time : 10:15 PM ET
Location : AT&T Park
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Texas Rangers vs San Francisco Giants
The Giants will welcome the Rangers to AT&T Park as the two teams will go head to head in a three-game interleague series starting on Friday. The Giants are fourth in the NL West division while the Rangers are in the last place of the AL West. This will be their first meeting of the season.
Game 1: 10:15 PM ET
Game 2-3: 4:05 PM ET
Texas Rangers's Latest Performance :
The Rangers will cap off their six-game road trip against the Giants in a three-game set. The Rangers are in the last place of the AL West division and are out of any playoffs contentions. The Rangers are coming off a brutal series loss against the red-hot Athletics losing in back to back shutout games. For the remainder of the season, the Rangers should focus on rebuilding the team for the future. Coming into this series the Rangers are 28th in pitching with a 4.98 ERA and 5th in batting with 611 runs scored this season.
Player to watch in this series: Joey Gallo, he remains one of the bright spots on the team for the Rangers this season. He is still hitting just .208 on the year, but he’s having his best month of the season so far, hitting .333 (20-for-60) with six homers and 16 RBI through 15 games. He will do all he can to put runs on the board for the Rangers after being annihilated by the A’s in their previous series.
- RBIs: Joey Gallo (75)
- Homers: Joey Gallo (32)
- Batting Average: Shin-Soo Choo (.283)
Probable Pitchers for this series:
Game 1: Drew Hutchison, he held the Angels to only two runs in his last start and picked up a win. He has a 7.43 ERA in three starts. He will get to start on Friday going up against the Giants.
Game 2: Martin Perez, he allowed six runs in six innings in a no-decision against the Angels on Saturday. In his last two starts he allowed 13 runs, he has a 6.93 ERA and 1.95 WHIP.
Game 3: Bartolo Colon, he allowed seven runs over five innings in a blowout loss to the A’s on Monday. He’s now allowed four or more runs in four of his last five starts, he has a 5.45 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. He will close things out for the Rangers in the rubber game against the Giants on Sunday.
San Francisco Giants's Latest Performance :
The Giants will be back at AT&T Park for a nine-game homestand beginning on Friday. The homestand opens with a three-game series against the Rangers. The Giants find themselves 7 1/2 games back of the Wild Card spot heading into this series. The Giants are 34-26 when playing at home this season. The Giants need to make a late push if they want to keep their playoffs hopes alive. Coming into this series the Giants are 25th in batting with 503 runs scored this season and 15th in pitching with a 3.97 ERA. The Giants are stuck in a dilemma whether to play Buster Posey for the remainder of the season or not.
Player to watch in this series: Andrew McCutchen, the Giants need the former MVP to get hot on the plate if the Giants want to make the playoffs. He will have the opportunity to show the home crowd that he has plenty left in the tank and don’t lose hope on the Giants just yet. He is hitting just .255 in 534 plate appearances, but he’s racked up 14 homers and 11 stolen bases this season.
- RBIs: Andrew McCutchen (53)
- Homers: Andrew McCutchen (14)
- Batting Average: Buster Posey (.286)
Probable Pitchers for this series:
Game 1: Andrew Suarez, he allowed seven runs (five earned) over two 2/3 innings in a blowout loss to the Reds on Sunday. He’s 4-9 with a 4.68 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 103/31 K/BB ratio in 22 starts this year. He will get a chance to redeem himself on the mound on Friday in the series opener.
Game 2: Derek Holland, he allowed one run on four hits over five-plus innings of work in a no-decision against the Mets on Monday. He is 6-8 with a 3.75 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 137/49 K/BB ratio over 134 1/3 innings of work. He starts on Saturday for the Giants at home.
Game 3: Ty Blach, he will close things out for the Giants in the rubber game against the Rangers. He is 6-7 with a 4.47 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, and 57/34 K/BB ratio.
How Texas Rangers & San Francisco Giants Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Giants are 10-4 in their last 14 when their opponent scores 5 runs or more in their previous game.
Rangers are 4-9 in their last 13 games vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15.
Against The Spread Selection: San Francisco Giants
My reason for the pick :
The Giants will take care of business at home beating out the Rangers 2-1. The Giants offense will get the job done with Andrew McCutchen stepping up for the team showing his home fan that he still got what it takes to lead a team to the playoffs. The Rangers at this point of the season are developing young talents and preparing themselves for the future so any game that the Rangers team will be a learning experience. The Giants will have to do all they can to push themselves within striking distance of the Wild Card spot. If they fail to make the playoffs this season will turn into a waste considering the amount of talent they have on the roster.
Betting trends for Texas Rangers:
- Rangers are 0-4 in their last 4 road games.
Betting trends for San Francisco Giants:
- Giants are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record.