MLB action on Friday evening and we will see the American League west duke it out with the National League West as the Texas Rangers grapple with the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in game one of a three-game series. Pitching Probables: Mike Foltynewicz vs Clayton Kershaw.
Can The Rangers Win On The Road?That remains to be seen in this series, but up until this point, the Texas Rangers have not been a good road team at all. Texas enters this game at 9-23 away from home so far and that is the 3rd worst road record in the league behind Arizona (9-27) and Colorado (5-24). The Pitching has been their biggest issue on the road as they have a 5.23 ERA away from home, compared to posting a solid 3.87 ERA at Globe Life Park. Now they have to take to the road and face one of the best offenses in the league. It will not be easy. Texas is off of a 4-3 home win over San Fran, in a game that the Giants blew two saves late. Still, the Rangers are 15 games under .500 for the year and already 12.5 games out of first in the American League West.
Yesterday’s hero takes on the hot seat. pic.twitter.com/ylSj19hFOI— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) June 10, 2021
Kyle Gibson went 6.0 innings in that game, allowing just two ERs on four hits in the process. He got a no-decision while Brett Martin (1-2, 3.13 ERA) grabbed the win. Brock Holt drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 11th on a single. Getting the nod in this one will be Mike Foltynewicz, who has gone 1-6 with a 4.75 ERA on the year, including 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA on the road. In his career, he has gone 24-28 with a 4.58 ERA in 78 games (65 starts) on the road and 1-2 with a 5.73 ERA in four starts against the Dodgers, including 1-1 with a 5.84 ERA in two starts here at Dodger Stadium. The Rangers are 27th in scoring at 3.97 rpg and 20th in ERA at 4.84.
The Dodgers Sweep The PiratesThe Los Angeles Dodgers were expected to completely own the National League West this year but as ao now, they are mired in a three-game race with the Padres and Giants. The Dodgers are currently in 2nd place in the division and just 1.5 games behind the Giants for first place. LA had a rough series in Atlanta, where they lost two of three games but they bounced back by sweeping the Pirates in Pittsburgh. They won the last contest by a score of 6-3, in a game that was called in the 8th inning due to rain. Julio Urias and Zach McKinstry each had two RBIs in the contest while Mookie Betts ripped his 6th homer of the year.
Snatching up the win was Urias, who allowed three ERs on six hits and no walks with five Ks in 6.0 innings of work. He is now 9-2 with a 3.56 ERA on the year. Phil Bickford picked up his 1st career save in the win. Toeing the slab in this one will be Clayton Kershaw, who has struggled of late with a 5.03 ERA in his last three starts. Overall, he is 7-5 with a 3.66 ERA, including 3-2 with a 3.55 ERA in six home starts. In his career, he has gone 97-39 with a 2.20 ERA in 189 starts here at Dodger Stadium and 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in one start against the Rangers. The Dodgers come in ranked 2nd in the league in scoring at 5.26 rpg and 3rd in ERA at 3.22.
- 17-41 in their last 58 road games vs. a left-handed starter
- 13-39 in their last 52 games as a road underdog
Trends Are Courtesy Of Covers.com Los Angeles is:
- 41-12 in their last 53 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400
- 41-15 in their last 56 home games following a road trip of 7 or more days
- 22-8 in their last 30 interleague home games vs. a right-handed starter
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Rangers have been a bad road team this year and Mike Foltynewicx has contributed to that, going 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA away from home. He will now face one of the best teams in the league and Foltynewicz is 1-2 with a 5.73 ERA in four career starts against LA. The Dodgers are back home after a sweep over the Pirates in Pittsburgh and they have averaged 5.38 rpg, so I look for them to have a field day against the Texas pitcher. LA will send out Clayton Kershaw, who has struggled of late but always pitches well at home. He will face a struggling texas offense that has averaged just 2.90 rpg in their last 10 games. Take the Dodgers to win this one easily.
Full-Game Total Pick
Clayton Kershaw has struggled a bit of late as he has a 5.03 ERA in his last three starts. He also has a 3.55 ERA at home, which is a bit out of character for him, considering he owns a 2.20 career ERA in this park. The Rangers have struggled to score overall of late, but they still averaged 4.13 rpg on the road for the year. I can see at least three runs from the Rangers. The bulk of the scoring will come from the Dodgers. LA has averaged a solid 5.38 rpg at home and 5.70 rpg in their last 10 games overall. They will face Mike Foiltynewicz, who has a 5.73 ERA in his career against LA and a 5.40 ERA on the road this year. His road starts have averaged 10.00 rpg so far. LA should put up at least six runs in this one. Lastly, the Over is 13-5 in Texas's last 18 interleague games vs. a left-handed starter and 24-8-1 in LA's last 33 games vs. a right-handed starter.