Red Sox vs. Rangers Friday Prediction
After they were pummeled by the Texas Rangers on Thursday night, will the Boston Red Sox rebound on Friday night? Or will the Rangers make it two in a row against the top team in the American League East tonight at 8:05 p.m. ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Friday, May 4, 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 -175 favorite. As of this writing, 68% 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' Porcello allows three runs in just under eight innings
Rick Porcello gave up three runs in 7 2/3 innings on Sunday in a no-decision against the Rays.
Porcello allowed seven hits, and he walked none while striking out six on his outing. The 2016 Cy Young winner has pitched well to begin the season, and outside of a rough third and fourth inning, he was effective against the Tampa Bay lineup. He'll be back on the mound on Friday in Texas against the Rangers
Rangers' Colon holds Blue Jays to three runs over seven
Bartolo Colon limited the Blue Jays to three runs on six hits over seven innings in a win Saturday. Colon gave up a pair of solo homers among his six hits allowed, but he helped himself by not issuing a walk in the outing. Colon also struck out a pair in the win. It was actually his first win of the year despite pitching well nearly every time out -- through Saturday, Big Sexy has a strong 2.87 ERA and 0.86 WHIP over 31 1/3 innings of work this year.
MLB Betting Trends
The Red Sox have won six of their last eight games against the Rangers but are just 3-7 in their last 10 games in Arlington.
The over is 6-2 in the last eight meetings between these two teams and has cashed in five of the last seven meetings in Texas.
The Red Sox have won six of Porcello's last seven road starts, are 5-1 in his last six outings overall and have cashed in four of his last four starts coming off four days of rest. The Rangers, meanwhile, are just 3-11 in their last 14 games following a win, are 3-14 in their last 17 games against a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15 and are 7-20 in their last 27 home games.
The Pick: Boston Red Sox -175