Baltimore Orioles vs Texas Rangers MLB Pick – August 3

The MLB is set up with another strong slate of baseball action on August 3. Fifteen games are up on the board throughout Wednesday. 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 a big win in this one. This game will throw the first pitch at around 2:05 PM Eastern time.

Baltimore has earned a record of 53-51 throughout this season, which has them sitting in fourth place of the AL East. The Orioles have won their last two games and are 6-4 throughout their last 10 meetings. Baltimore is a game and a half back on a wild card spot entering this one. The Orioles will look for another big win on the road.

The Rangers have put up a record of 46-57 so far on the season, which has them in third place of the AL West. Texas has lost their last two games and are 4-6 in their last 10 games. The Rangers are eight games out of a wild card spot. Texas will look to bounce back with a big win at home on Wednesday afternoon.

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. The Orioles have climbed up the standings and will look to get closer to a playoff spot. Texas will look to get back on track as they try to make a push as well. If either team can come out fast, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Baltimore Orioles +1 ½ (-160) +130 Over 8 (-115)
Texas Rangers -1 ½ (+135) -155 Under 8 (-105)
Team Data Baltimore Orioles Texas Rangers
Overall Record 53-51 46-57
Away/ Home Record 24-31 21-28
Batting Average .235 .240
Batting Average Away/ Home .233 .235
ERA 3.91 4.08
ERA Away/ Home 4.41 4.30

Betting Trends

Baltimore Orioles

  • 2-0 in August games
  • 6-8 when playing on a Wednesday
  • 20-19 in day games
  • 23-16 against left handers
  • 26-27 after a win
  • 30-21 against team with a losing record

Texas Rangers

  • 0-2 in August
  • 5-9 when playing on Wednesday
  • 15-23 in day games
  • 28-42 against right handed starters
  • 26-31 after a loss
  • 17-25 against team with a winning record

These two teams have met up five times throughout this season. The first three games were in Baltimore, where the Orioles swept the set with two walk off wins. Baltimore has won the first two games of this series on the road as well. The Orioles have outscored Texas 34-20 in the five meetings this season. The Rangers will look to avoid the complete sweep.

Offense

The Orioles have struggled a bit hitting the ball on the season. Baltimore has a .235 batting average, which is 24th in the league. The Orioles have earned an OBP of .303, which is 24th in the MLB. Baltimore has posted a .690 OPS, which is 20th in the league. The Orioles have a BA of .229 against left handers.

Texas has been solid at the plate throughout this season. The Rangers have a batting average of .240, which is 18th in the MLB. Texas has put up a .301 on base percentage, which is 25th in the league. The Rangers have earned an OPS of .699, which is 18th in the MLB. Texas has hit .238 against righties this season.

The Rangers have a slight edge at the plate in this one and will look to get their bats going early. Texas has 17 hits and 4 runs in the first two games of this set. Baltimore has earned 21 hits and 15 runs in those games. The Orioles will look to remain hot on Wednesday. If either team get some runs early, it could be enough for the win.

Pitching Preview

Kyle Bradish will likely get the start at pitcher for Baltimore on Wednesday afternoon. Bradish has started in 11 games this season, going 1-4 in those matchups. He has posted a 7.01 ERA and a WHIP of 1.69 in those outings. Bradish pitched five innings in his last start against the Cincinnati Reds. He gave up five hits and two runs in the no decision.

I expect Martin Perez to get the nod on the mound for the Rangers in this one. Perez has earned a record of 9-2 throughout his 20 starts this season. He has put up an ERA of 2.52 and a 1.15 WHIP in his starts. Perez’s last start was against the Los Angeles Angels. He gave up three hits and one run through seven innings in the win.

Perez has won his last nine decisions and will look to keep it going. Bradish has also lost his last three decisions. Baltimore has the edge in the bullpen. The Orioles relievers have a 3.05 ERA, which is 4th in the league. The Rangers bullpen has a combined ERA of 3.78, which is 12th in the MLB. Both teams will look for pitching to step up in this one. 

Pick Overview

The Orioles have won all five games against Texas so far this season and will look for the complete sweep. I expect the Rangers to step up in this one though as they try to avoid that. Texas has been a bit better with the bats in their hands. If the Rangers can get strong pitching again from Perez, I think they will earn the win.

Bovada has Texas listed as a -155 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Rangers will win this game around 60.8 percent of the time. I think that this line is accurate Texas having the edge on the mound. The Rangers will look for a much faster start in this one. As slight favorites, I like the value on Texas.

The Bet
Texas Rangers
-155
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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