Texas at Boston Wednesday Night MLB Betting Prediction

Posted by Ted Merrick on May 23, 2017 in

The Texas Rangers (24-21) open a midweek series at Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox (22-21) on Tuesday night. Texas comes in having won 11 of 12 games, including two out of three over Detroit this past weekend. Boston dropped three of four in Oakland over the weekend but won the finale on Sunday, 12-3. We’re getting closer and closer to the midseason and both these teams are struggling to get to the top of their respective divisions. Let’s see who’s got the MLB odds on their side for this matchup.

Texas at Boston Wednesday Night MLB Betting Prediction

When: Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 7:10pm ET
Where: Fenway Park, Boston
TV: FSSW, NESN
Radio: Texas / Boston
Live Stream: MLB.tv
MLB Odds: TBA
Pitching Matchup: Martin Perez (2-5, 3.71 ERA) (TEX) vs Chris Sale (4-2, 2.19 ERA) (BOS)

Why should you bet on the Rangers?

Martin Perez has an ugly record, but his last two starts have produced a win and a 2.70 ERA, after dropping four straight. In his last 19 ⅓ innings, he has permitted just a pair of walks. However, against Boston, he is 2-2 with an unsightly 6.58 ERA in five career starts. On the offensive side, Mike Napoli has taken Chris Sale deep, and Delino Deshields (.667 lifetime average) and Pete Kozma (.333) have had success against the tough lefty.

Why should you put your money on the Red Sox?

Sale continues to be one of MLB’s most dominant pitchers. He fanned 10 A’s in seven innings in Friday night in a game that Boston would go on to lose, and if he can strike out 10 or more Rangers on Tuesday, he will be the first pitcher since 1913 to hit double digits in strikeouts for nine consecutive outings. The key in Boston’s loss on Friday came from a bullpen collapse; however, the Red Sox have enough offense to stay with Texas; Chris Young (.571, 1 HR, 1 RBI), Hanley Ramirez (.400), Mookie Betts (.500, 1 RBI) have all had some success against Perez.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

Texas rides a hot streak into Boston. However, I see them running into a buzzsaw named Chris Sale, and I predict a 4-2 win for the Red Sox.