Red Sox vs. Rangers Thursday Prediction

Boston Red Sox vs. Texas Rangers, 5/3/2018 Prediction & Odds

The Boston Red Sox have cooled off a bit but they’ll have a chance to get rolling again on Thursday night when they visit the Texas Rangers at 8:05 p.m. ET. Will the Red Sox pick up a victory tonight with David Price on the hill?

Game Snapshot & Odds

961 Boston Red Sox (+125) at 962 Texas Rangers (+135); 9.5 runs

Thursday, May 3, 2018

8:05 p.m. ET, Globe Life Park in Arlington

TV: BOS (NESN); TEX (FSSW)

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Public Betting Trends

Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Red Sox as a -145 favorite. As of this writing, 79% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Red Sox to beat the Rangers on the money line. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.

Red Sox Price taken to the cleaners by Rays in last start

David Price surrendered six runs -- five earned -- in 5 2/3 innings and was charged with a loss to the Rays on Saturday. He gave up an inside-the-park home run to Denard Span with a runner aboard in the second inning then served up an over-the-fence home run to catcher Wilson Ramos in the third. Price walked in a run in the fifth, one of four free passes he issued in the contest. He falls to 2-3 with a pretty good 3.78 ERA after six starts. The veteran left-hander will climb the hill at Texas on Thursday.

Rangers’ Minor strikes out four in win over Blue Jays

Mike Minor wasn't at his best, but still managed to defeat the Blue Jays on Friday, allowing four runs on nine hits over his six innings of work. Minor punched out four on the night and didn't walk a batter. The Rangers staked him to a four-run lead before he had even taken the hill, but Minor managed to give it all back by the end of the third inning. He was able to bear down though and keep the Jays at bay for the next three innings, which gave just enough time for the Rangers' offense to get him back the lead. Now 2-1 on the season, he'll carry a 4.33 ERA and 1.15 WHIP into tonight’s start.

MLB Betting Trends

Boston

The Red Sox are 6-1 in their last seven games against the Rangers and are 39-19 in their last 58 games overall.

Texas

The Rangers have dropped 13 of their last 16 games when playing the first game of a series.

Prediction:

With Price struggling, I see this game being high-scoring. The over has cashed in five of the last seven games between these two teams. The over is also 8-3 in the Rangers’ last 12 home games versus a left-handed starter, 5-0-1 in their last six games overall, and is 5-1-1 in their last seven games against the American League East. On the other side, the over has cashed in six of Price’s last eight road starts, is 5-2 in his last seven road outings versus a team with a losing record and is 9-3 in his last 12 starts after scoring five runs or more in their previous game.

 

MLB Prediction: Red Sox/Rangers over 9.5

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