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#921 Texas Rangers 9 vs.
#922 San Francisco Giants -110
Sunday, August 2, 2020 at 4:05pm EDT
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

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Texas Rangers vs San Francisco Giants

Where: Oracle Park, San Francisco, California

When: Sunday, August 2, 4:05 PM. ET.

The San Francisco Giants will be going for the series win when they take on the Texas Rangers in the final game of their three-game interleague series on Sunday afternoon.

Jeff Samardzija, 0-1, 11.25 ERA, will get the start for the Giants. The Rangers will counter with Kolby Allard, who will be making his first start of the season.

**This preview was written before Saturday’s game was played**

Rangers Need To Improve Offensively

The Rangers haven’t played well offensively this season and it has cost the team a few wins. Despite their slow start to the season, they are still only 1.5 games behind the Houston Astros in the AL West standings and can stay in the division race if they start playing better offensively.

Texas has a .180 batting average, which is 29th in the league. Their .279 on base percentage is 28th, while the 15 runs they have scored is tied for 29th in the league.

Joey Gallo has been the most consistent bat for the Rangers. He leads the team with a .227 batting average, two home runs, and five RBI.

The Rangers pitching has been better than the team’s offense. Opponents have a .212 batting average against the Rangers, which is ninth in the league. Their 1.26 WHIP is 14th, while their 3.57 ERA is ninth.

In his last start, Allard gave up six hits and five earned runs in three innings in his final start of the 2019 campaign. They will need a better start from him if they want to win this game.

Giants Exceeding Expectations

The Giants weren’t expected to be very competitive this season after an offseason that saw them lose their ace pitcher and manager. However, they have played better than expected so far, winning four of their first eight games. They will try to keep the momentum going with a win over the Rangers on Sunday.

San Francisco has played well offensively, especially in the team’s last three games, scoring 23 total runs in three games. Their .257 batting average is fifth in the league and the 36 runs they have scored are 13th in the league.

Donovan Solano leads the way for the Giants with a .458 batting average and 10 RBI, while Wilmer Flores leads the team with two home runs.

The Giants haven’t been as successful on the mound. Opponents have a .265 batting average against the Giants, which is 27th in the league, and their 5.07 ERA is 21st.

In his last start, Samardzija gave up four hits and five earned runs in four innings, leading to a 5-3 loss to the San Diego Padres. They will need a better performance from him if they want to get past the Rangers.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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The Rangers are one of the worst offensive teams in the league and they have scored only 15 runs in six games, so expect them to struggle against the Giants. Even though their pitching staff has done a good job so far, the Rangers will also have a hard time slowing down the Giants because San Francisco has done well at the plate this season with a .257 batting average. The Giants have also scored 23 of their 36 runs in their last three games and will cause problems for Allard, who gave up 26 runs in nine starts last season.

Prediction: San Francisco Giants

Full-Game Total Pick

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The Rangers have been unable to get going offensively and have scored fewer total runs this season than the Giants have scored over their last three games so don’t expect them to score a lot of runs in this game. Even though the Giants are playing well offensively, they won’t score enough to push the score over the total. The Rangers and Giants have played under the total in two of their last three meetings.

Prediction: Under

First Five Innings Side Pick

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The Giants will win the first five innings of this game because they have outplayed the Rangers in the first five innings of their last three games, averaging 2.33 runs per game while the Rangers average 1.33 runs per game.

Prediction: San Francisco Giants

First Five Innings Total Bet

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The Giants and Rangers are averaging 4.66 combined runs per game in the first five innings of their last three games and will stay under the first five-inning total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

Prediction: Under
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Written By Bosun Akinpelu

Bosun is very passionate about sports and he feels bad to get paid for doing this, but we here at Winners and Whiners are glad to have him as a part of the team. As someone who minored in Mathematics, Bosun has a lot of faith in numbers, and will make his picks based on stats and not emotions. He has been successfully picking winners for quite some time, so if you want to get paid, then stick with Bosun.