The MLB is set up with another great slate of action on Monday night. Ten games are up on the board throughout August 1. One of these games will be between the Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers. These two teams have been solid this season and will look for the win on Monday. This game will start at around 8:05 PM Eastern time.
Baltimore has earned a record of 51-51 throughout this season, which has them sitting in fourth place of the AL East. The Orioles have lost their last two games, but have gone 5-5 in their last 10 games. Baltimore is three games back on a wild card spot entering this one. The Orioles will look to come out quickly on the road in this one.
The Rangers have put up a record of 46-55 so far on the season, which has them in third place of the AL West. Texas is coming off a win in their last game, but have earned a 4-6 record over the last 10 matchups. The Rangers are seven and a half games back on a wild card spot. Texas will look to come out fast at home on Monday night.
These two teams have been solid this season, but are sitting outside of the playoff race in this one. The Orioles have lost their last couple of games and will look to get back on track in this one. Texas has struggled as well and will look to turn it around at home. If either team can grab the early lead on Monday, it could be enough for the win.
The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:
|Baltimore Orioles||+1 ½ (-145)||+141||Over 8 (-120)|
|Texas Rangers||-1 ½ (+125)||-170||Under 8 (+100)|
|Team Data||Baltimore Orioles||Texas Rangers|
|Away/ Home Record||22-31||21-26|
|Batting Average Away/ Home||.231||.235|
|ERA Away/ Home||4.50||4.19|
- 7-4 when playing on Monday
- 31-32 in night games
- 28-35 against right handed starters
- 26-23 after a loss
- 28-21 against team with a losing record
- 6-4 when playing on a Monday
- 31-32 in night games
- 28-40 against right handers
- 20-24 after a win
These two teams have met up three times throughout this season. Cedric Mullins and Jonathan Arauz both had two RBI’s in the first game as the Orioles won 7-6. Mullins had three RBI’s in the second matchup as Baltimore won 10-9. Ryan McKenna had an RBI for the Orioles in the third matchup as Baltimore swept the set with a 2-1 win.
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— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) July 31, 2022
The Orioles have struggled a bit hitting the ball on the season. Baltimore has a .234 batting average, which is 24th in the MLB. The Orioles have put up an OBP of .301, which is 25th in the league. Baltimore has earned a .686 OPS, which is 24th in the MLB this season. The Orioles have a BA of .235 against right handers this season.
Texas has been struggling a bit at the plate throughout the season as well. The Rangers have a batting average of .239, which is 21st in the league. Texas has earned a .301 on base percentage, which is 25th in the MLB. The Rangers have posted an OPS of .700, which is 16th in the league. Texas has hit .238 against righties.
These two teams have been struggling a bit hitting the ball this season. Baltimore has struggled a bit more and will look to step up early in this one. The Rangers will look to get going early at home on Monday night. If either team can come out quickly at the plate, it could be enough to lift them to the win.
Spenser Watkins will likely get the start at pitcher for Baltimore in this one. Watkins has started in 13 games this season, going 3-1 in those outings. He has posted a 4.03 ERA and a WHIP of 1.41 in those games. Watkins pitched five and a third innings in his last start against the Tampa Bay Rays. He gave up ten hits and three runs in the no decision.
I expect Jon Gray to get the nod on the mound for the Rangers on Monday night. Gray has earned a record of 7-5 throughout his 18 starts this season. He has put up an ERA of 3.62 and a 1.14 WHIP in those matchups. Gray’s last start was against the Seattle Mariners. He gave up five hits and four runs through six and a third innings in the loss.
These two pitchers have been solid on the season and will look to get going early in this one. Watkins has won his last three decisions, while Gray has won six of his last eight starts. The Orioles have the edge in the bullpen. Baltimore has a 3.05 ERA, which is 4th in the league. The Rangers relievers have a combined ERA of 3.79, which is 12th in the MLB.
These two teams are sitting right outside the wild card picture entering this one and will look to grab a big win. Baltimore won the first three games of this set and will look to keep it going on the road. The Orioles have the edge at pitcher in this one. If Baltimore can hit well early, it could be enough for the win.
Bovada has Texas listed as a -170 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Rangers will win this game around 63 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with both teams having similar records this season. As big underdogs, I like the value on the Orioles to earn the win.