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Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Texas Rangers (27-42) at Los Angeles Dodgers (34-32)

MLB: June 13, 2018, 10:10 PM ET (Dodger Stadium)

Line & Odds: Texas Rangers -174 / Los Angeles Dodgers +164 – Line: 7.5

FREE MLB PICK TEXAS RANGERS VS. LOS ANGELES DODGERS

The Los Angeles Dodgers won the first game of the back-to-back series against the Texas Rangers as they prepare for the second game.

Texas Rangers

The Rangers have had a tough season so far.  Ahead of the back-to-back games against the Dodgers, they are last in the AL West.  Pitcher Cole Hamels is having an average season thus far and the Rangers simply lack a superstar batter.  In last night’s game, Texas couldn’t get anything going.  They took a beating from the Dodgers and lost 5-12.  The Rangers batted 8-34, Shin-Soo Choo leading the team batting 3-5 with a homerun and an RBI.  However, beyond Choo, the team’s best batter, the Rangers struggled at the plate.  On the mound, Bartolo Colon had a rough day.  Posting an ERA of 4.94, 9 hits, 8 runs, and 3 home runs through 3.1 innings.  Though he did throw 45 strike-outs on 72 pitches.  Relief Pitcher Tony Barnette was a bright spot on the night.  He put up the team best 2.75 ERA and only allowed 1 hit from the Dodgers.  Looking to the next game, the Rangers will look to get off to a better start than their last game.  They couldn’t stop the Dodgers or produce on offense.  Texas will rely on pitcher Cole Hamels.  He’s 3-6 on the season, throwing a 3.86 ERA.  It’ll be a tough task, but the Rangers will need him to get the job done.

Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers sit at second in the NL west.  Matt Kemp has had a terrific season so far, leading the Dodgers in most batting statistics. In yesterday’s game, the Dodgers limited the Rangers to just 5 runs, 2 of which coming a late effort in the top of the 9th.  But it was the Dodgers impressive batting that stole the show.  In the fourth inning alone, the Dodgers ran in 7 runs.  Totaling 12 runs on just 16 hits, the Dodgers were extremely efficient in their 12-5 rout of the Rangers.  Looking at next game, the Dodgers should feel confident.  Kenta Maeda starts on the mound for the Dodgers.  Maeda is 4-4 on the season thus far, while only allowing 49 hits and just 5 home runs.  Going against a sorry Rangers team, he should feel comfortable at home and looks to seal off the back-to-back series with 2 wins.

COVER THE SPREAD 365 MLB BETTING TRENDS

Texas Rangers

Texas is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games

Texas is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas’s last 5 games on the road

Los Angeles Dodgers

LA Dodgers is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games

LA Dodgers is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

The total has gone OVER in 5 of LA Dodgers’s last 5 games

FREE MLB PICK LOS ANGELES DODGERS VS. TEXAS RANGERS

In the previous game, the Rangers put up little fight against the superior LA Dodgers.  It’s hard to bet against the Dodgers, as they’ve been playing lights lately, going 8-2 in their last 10 games.  Since they dominated in every aspect of their last game against the Rangers, I’d have to pick them to win again and go 2-0 over the Rangers on the season.

[button type=”big” color=”blue”] Pick: Los Angeles +164 [/button]

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Ethan Silverstein
Ethan Silverstein
I am a senior at Gettysburg College. I love all sports, but I mostly watch football and basketball. I am a die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan. I don't claim to be an expert. I am just giving my thoughts after years of reading about, watching, and loving sports.
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