Boston Red Sox (74-76) vs. Texas Rangers (82-67)
Boston Red Sox vs. Texas Rangers 9/18/23 – On Monday, September 18, 2023 at Globe Life Field in Boston, the Boston Red Sox are set to face off with Texas Rangers in an important late season matchup. While Boston have struggled this season at 74-76 record, Texas have been an unexpected surprise, posting an impressive 82-67 standing.
Boston Red Sox are currently making up ground in their playoff race; however, their season hasn’t lived up to their high expectations with only a 0.261 batting average and 176 homers being batted in; their offense has shown flashes of potency but hasn’t lived up to them fully yet. Furthermore, their pitching staff has experienced inconsistency with 4.54 ERAs and 1.35 WHIPs that signal room for improvement.
Texas Rangers currently boast an 82-67 record, thanks to their powerful offense boasting a 0.266 batting average and 209 homers. While their pitching hasn’t been spectacular, it has kept games close with 4.32 ERAs and 1.27 WHIPs respectively. You can find more insights on their games with free reliable baseball picks.
Boston Red Sox vs. Texas Rangers Game Info
|When:||Monday, September 18, 2023 at 8:05 PM ET|
|Where:||Globe Life Field|
|TV:||Bally Sports Network|
Kutter Crawford (6-7 W-L, 4.26 ERA) vs. Jordan Montgomery (9-11 W-L, 3.47 ERA)
Kutter Crawford of the Boston Red Sox enters this matchup with a 6-7 win-loss record and 4.26 ERA; these figures may not excite, but do speak volumes of his reliability. Over 112 innings pitched by Crawford, he has struck out 114 batters while only walking 33; an indication of decent control and ability to generate swings-and-misses. But 16 homers allowed so far should serve as a warning sign; with Texas Rangers lineup being capable of going long, keeping balls within park could prove pivotal in this game’s outcome.
On the Texas Rangers side of things, Jordan Montgomery comes into this matchup sporting an 8-11 record but an improved 3.47 ERA. Over his 168.2 innings pitched so far this season, Montgomery has amassed 147 strikeouts while giving up only 44 walks; an indication of his control and limitation abilities. Montgomery stands out due to his consistency; working deep into games while giving his team an opportunity to win with 17 homers allowed so far this season is testament to that fact. His matchup against an ineffective Red Sox offense should provide him an opportunity to improve both record and solidify himself as one of their most dependable starters.
MLB Odds/Point Spread: Texas Rangers -160, Total Odds: 8.5
Betting odds appear to favor the Rangers with a Moneyline of -160 and point spread of -1.5 (+130). Additionally, total runs over under is set at 8.5 with slightly better odds for total runs under (-115) considering both teams recent performances and stats; these seem appropriate odds that may offer value on Rangers side.
Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
Recent trends indicate a downward trend for the Red Sox. They’ve lost six of their last seven straight-up and five away games over this span, while also generally keeping under their total run line total in recent games (six out of seven).
Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Rangers have been on an impressive winning streak, winning 6 out of 9 games during that stretch and four of five home contests having totals go over in that span. Additionally, their track record against teams from American League East teams stands out; going 7-0 against them.
Boston Red Sox vs. Texas Rangers 9/18/23 Betting Picks
Based on recent events and home field advantage for the Rangers, it would seem wise to pick them as winners; however, given that Red Sox have an impressive track record against them they shouldn’t be discounted outright.
For those in search of additional plays, both teams’ recent track records of overshooting their total seem tempting, particularly given Texas Rangers’ potent bats and promising starting pitching performances from both sides. But those weighing the under should take careful note as both clubs appear likely to exhibit solid starting pitching performance in 2019. For more insights and predictions, you can check out premium sports picks.
Free Pick and Prediction: Texas Rangers 5, Boston Red Sox 3.