The Red Sox are in third place in the American League East while Texas leads the American League West. The Rangers are only a game ahead of Boston in the overall standings and they still don’t get the respect that the Red Sox command in MLB wagering.
The Red Sox have been excellent at home this season and even though the pitching matchup on Thursday might favor the Rangers a little bit, Boston is still favored. The Red Sox are 29-17 at home this season while the Rangers are just 19-19 on the road. The Rangers do have Tommy Hunter going to the mound on Thursday and he is 5-0 this season with a 2.34 ERA. He went six innings last time out against Baltimore and allowed three runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts. He has only two career starts against Boston and is 1-1 with an ERA of 11.74. Hunter is pitching very well lately though as he is 2-0 with a 2.37 ERA in his last three starts.
Tim Wakefield is expected to get the ball for Boston on Thursday. He is 3-7 on the season with a 5.22 ERA. He is 1-2 with a 4.79 ERA in his last three starts. He has not done well in the past ten seasons against Texas going 6-11 with a 6.26 ERA.
Texas has won seven of the last ten meetings against the Red Sox. The teams met in Boston back in April and the Red Sox took two of three but all three games were close.
Texas did not play well to close out the first half of the season and this will not be an easy series at Boston. The Rangers have been winning with hitting as their offense is ranked third in the league. Texas pitching has been pretty good as they are third in the league and they are hoping that the addition of Cliff Lee makes them even better.
Boston has been hurt by injuries but they are staying in the race thanks to an offense that is first in the league in runs scored. If they can just get healthy they may be able to make a run at Tampa and New York in the American League East.