At loanDepot Park on Thursday in the early afternoon, the Texas Rangers will meet the Miami Marlins in Game 1 of their series.
The Texas Rangers have dropped four straight games and are 41-49 on the year. Texas just suffered a series defeat to Seattle in which they dropped all four games. The Texas pitching staff’s season numbers include a 4.10 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and a.244 opponents’ batting average. The Rangers offence has a.239 batting average and a.299 on base percentage, scoring 406 runs overall. For the Rangers this year, Corey Seager is hitting.251 with 22 home runs and 52 RBIs. Jon Gray, who has tossed 89.2 innings this season and has a record of 6-4, 3.71 ERA, and 1.13 WHIP, is expected to start for Texas.
The Miami Marlins have dropped five of their last seven games and are 43-48 on the year. Miami just suffered a series defeat to Philadelphia in which they dropped all three games. The Miami pitching staff has an opponent batting average of.235, a 1.24 WHIP, and an earned run average (ERA) of 3.78. The Marlins offence has generated 371 runs this season while batting at a.237 average and.302 on-base percentage. For the Marlins this year, Jorge Soler has a batting average of.209 with 13 home runs and 34 RBI. Pablo Lopez, who has tossed 104 innings this season and has a record of 6-4, 2.86 ERA, and 1.07 WHIP, is anticipated to start for Miami.
Texas is 10-23 in their previous 33 games on Thursday and 5-2 in their last 7 interleague road games. In Texas’ last 7 Thursday games, the under is 6-1. Miami is 2-5 in their past 7 games and 4-1 in their previous 5 games on Thursdays. In the last 11 home games for Miami, the under is 7-2-2. In the previous 12 encounters between these two teams, the over is 9-3.
Miami has a very strong pitching staff going into this game, but their offence has been extremely underwhelming thus far. Despite not pitching as well as Miami, Texas will start Jon Gray in this contest. Over the course of his last three starts for Texas, Gray has given up six earned runs. Pablo Lopez has scored four runs in each of his previous three starts for Miami.
Free Pick: Miami Marlins