MLB Predictions: Cincinnati Reds vs. Texas Rangers
The Cincinnati Reds (46-35) and Texas Rangers (47-34) will close out a three-game interleague series Sunday afternoon at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, with the first pitch scheduled for 3:05 p.m. ET.
Cincinnati Reds vs. Texas Rangers
Cincinnati snapped a three-game losing streak by picking up a 6-4 win over Texas Saturday, while going OVER the betting total of 9.5. “Much needed, big time,” commented Reds manager Dusty Baker. The Reds are now 2-5 on their current road trip with one game left, as they have a chance of winning this series featuring two of the top teams in baseball. Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo broke out of his slump last time out, as he collected three hits after going 1 for 19 over his previous six games. Cincinnati is 0-4 as road underdogs of +125 to +150 this season.
Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos (7-1, 3.05 ERA) earned a 4-2 road victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks last time out, as he allowed one run and six hits over 7.2 innings of work. The right-hander is 3-0 with a 2.93 ERA in nine road starts, issuing 15 walks and striking out 53 batters in 58.1 combined frames. Latos will be facing the Rangers for the first time in his career.
Texas has won eight of its last 10 games, with the UNDER cashing in six of those opportunities. “They just snatched it from us,” commented Rangers manager Ron Washington about yesterday’s result. The Rangers are 47-34 heading into this affair, which happens to be tied for the fourth-best record at the halfway mark in franchise history. Second baseman Ian Kinsler continues to slump at the plate, as he’s gone 2 for 18 over his last five contests. Texas is 37-18 as home favorites of -150 to -175 the last two-plus seasons.
Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish (7-3, 2.95 ERA) hasn’t earned a victory since May 16, as he comes off a no-decision effort in a 4-3 road loss to the New York Yankees, allowing three runs and seven hits over 5.1 innings. The right-hander is 4-2 with a 3.05 ERA in nine home outings, surrendering eight home runs in 59 combined frames. Darvish will be facing the Reds for the first time in his career.
Sports bettors will likely back the Rangers due to their 37-16 record in their last 53 Sunday games.