The Texas Rangers are happy to be back in Arlington. Over the weekend, the Rangers lost two of three games against the Los Angeles Angels and saw their lead in the American League West shrink to just five games. Tonight the Rangers open a 10-game home stand against the Boston Red Sox. Boston fared even worse than the Rangers did over the weekend. The Sox were swept at Fenway Park by the Toronto Blue Jays. Toronto took all three games in the weekend series and dropped Boston’s season record to 48-48. Boston has not been below .500 since mid June.
Boston heads on the road tonight and things will be tough as they face Texas and then their archrival the New York Yankees on the road trip. Tonight Boston will send Felix Doubront to face the Rangers. The left-hander has a season record of 10-4 with a 4.24 ERA. Doubront won his last start against the Chicago White Sox 10-1 giving up just four hits and one run in the six innings he pitched. Doubront likes pitching away from Fenway Park, as he is 3-1 with a 2.45 ERA over his last five starts on the road.
The Rangers, whose record is 58-38 on the season, will send Scott Feldman to face the Sox. Feldman has a season record of 3-6 with a 5.89 ERA. He is replacing Roy Oswalt tonight as the hard thrower has experienced problems with his back. Feldman, in his last start, pitched six strong innings allowing four runs in a no decision versus Chicago.
Both teams are in the top three in total runs as their offenses are two of the best in baseball. The line presently has the Rangers as the favorite playing on their home field at -145, with the Red Sox at +125. The run total is resting at 10. Smart money takes the total to cash out to the OVER, with the Red Sox upsetting the Rangers.
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