After a 162 game regular season where they held the top spot in the AL West the majority of those games, the Texas Rangers face a one game, win or go home scenario as part of the new MLB wild card playoff. They will meet the Baltimore Orioles in the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington beginning at 8:37 PM ET Friday night. The game can be seen nationally on TBS.
Baltimore (93-69) battled the Yankees for the AL East lead all year, who, by the way, the winner of Fridays game will advance to play in the ALDS. They finished 2 games back after going 6-4 in their last 10 and losing Sunday’s finale to Tampa 4-1. They were 46-35 outside of Maryland. Check the MLB Lines for Orioles vs. Rangers Game.
Texas (93-69) had an identical won/loss record as the O’s, but it came down to the last series of the year between them and Oakland to decide who wore the division crown and who would have their postseason fate determined in one game. By dropping the last 3 games to the A’s, the Rangers came up 1 short and thus the wild card showdown. They were 50-31 in their Dallas suburb.
The Rangers will go with righthanded rookie Yu Darvish (16-9, 3.90 ERA) on the mound, while manager Buck Showalter has decided on veteran southpaw Joe Saunders (9-13, 4.07 ERA) for the Orioles. Against right-handed pitchers, Baltimore is 67-51 on the year, and 5-2 in their last 10 games. Against lefties, the Rangers are 28-19 overall, going 1-2 in their last 10.
The Orioles are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games, and 7-3 SU in their last 10 road games. They total has gone UNDER in 6 of their last 8 outside of Baltimore. The Rangers are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games, and 2-4 SU in their last 6 at home. The total has gone OVER in 6 of their last 8 games, and OVER in 5 of their last 5 in Rangers Ballpack. Start your MLB Gambling on Orioles vs. Rangers Game.
Texas won the season series 5-2, with the Orioles 1-2 in Arlington. Baltimore is 2-10 SU in their last 12 games against the Rangers. The Orioles are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games in Texas. The total has gone OVER in 6 of the last 8 meetings between these two teams in Texas.
Texas is a prohibitive -$185 favorite at home, with Baltimore posting at a +$175. As a favorite, the Rangers are 83-54 on the year, and 3-4 in their last 10 games. As the dog, the O’s are 61-44 overall, and 1-1 in their last 10. The O/U is 9 total runs on a $120/$100 moneyline.
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