MLB Picks: Texas Rangers vs. Baltimore Orioles: May 7th 2012
MLB Picks: May 7th 2012
Texas Rangers vs. Baltimore Orioles
Pick: Texas Rangers -146
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After losing four of their last five, the two-time defending AL champion Texas Rangers are hungry for a victory in Game 1 of this series against Baltimore. They’ll not only be the more motivated team, they also have the better line-up and better starter on the mound.
Baltimore is in for a huge letdown tonight after their 17-inning win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday. Their bullpen is taxed, which is going to mean that they’ll want Brian Matusz to go deeper into this game. Matusz has posted a 6.64 ERA and 1.574 WHIP in four career starts against Texas.
While Matt Harrison is off to a slow start for the Rangers, I have no doubt he’s the better hurler in this one. The Rangers are 4-0 in Harrison’s four career starts against Baltimore. In two starts against the Orioles last season, Harrison gave up just 3 earned runs and 14 base runners over 13 innings.
The Rangers are 42-17 in their last 59 games following a loss. Texas is 20-7 in Harrison’s last 27 starts overall. The Rangers are 6-0 in Harrison’s last 6 starts as a road favorite. The Orioles are 3-13 in Matusz’s last 16 starts overall, including 0-7 in his last 7 starts as an underdog of +110 to +150. Bet the Rangers Monday.