Rangers vs. Diamondbacks Monday Pick
Fresh off their sweep of the Astros, the Rangers travel to Arizona to take on the Diamondbacks on Monday night. Will Game 1 of the series turn into a barnburner for bettors?
Game Snapshot & Odds
917 Texas Rangers (+180) at 918 Arizona Diamondbacks (-215); 8.5 runs
Monday, July 30, 2018
9:40 p.m. ET, Chase Field
TV: TEX (FSSW); ARI (FSAZ)
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Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Diamondbacks as a -215 favorite. As of this writing, 64% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Diamondbacks to beat the Rangers on the moneyline. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
Rangers' Perez allows one run in six innings vs. A's
Martin Perez held the Athletics to one run across six innings but had to settle for a no-decision in a game his team eventually lost on Wednesday. It was far from a dominant effort but he found a way to keep the Athletics off the scoreboard for the most part. The only run he allowed came on a Matt Olson double in the first inning. Perez struck out four, walked three and surrendered seven base hits while burning 107 pitches in the quality start. This has been a rough season for Perez, who spent 10 weeks on the disabled list with an elbow injury. When he's been able to pitch he's been hit hard. He has a 2-4 record with a gruesome 7.08 ERA and frightful 2.02 WHIP in eight starts. Despite the good results today he is not a recommended fantasy play when he faces the Diamondbacks on the road on Monday.
Diamondbacks' Ray duels with Lester in no-decision vs. Cubs
Robbie Ray surrendered four hits and one run over seven innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Cubs. He registered six strikeouts while issuing just one free pass. Ray lost his shutout bid in the fourth when he allowed an RBI base hit to Ben Zobrist. The 26-year-old held his own against Jon Lester in a battle of ace left-handers. Ray’s ERA isn’t where you’d expect it to be (4.90), though he’s pitched to a dominant 12.02 K/9 over 12 starts this year. He’ll be back out there Monday against Texas.
MLB Betting Trends
The Rangers are 1-4 in Perez's last five road starts and are winless in his last four outings overall.
The Diamondbacks have dropped four of Ray's last five starts and are 1-5 in his last six interleague outings.
The over is 11-2-2 in Perez's last 15 starts following a quality start in his last appearance, is 4-1 in his last five outings pitching in Game 1 of a series, and is 8-3 in their last 11 games overall. On the other side, the over is 4-0 in the Diamondbacks' last four games overall and is 4-1 in their last five games versus an opponent with a losing record.
The Pick: Rangers/Diamondbacks over 8.5