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MLB : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 7/11/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore
TEXAS  COLON )
 
BOSTON  SALE )
+1.5  +155

-1.5  -175
+315

-390

8.5ev
 
2
Final
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TEXAS (40 - 53) at BOSTON (64 - 29)
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Wednesday, 7/11/2018 7:10 PM
BARTOLO COLON (R) vs. CHRIS SALE (L)
Board OpeningLatest
 LineTotalLineTotal
919TEXAS+260Ov 8.5,-115+325Ov 8.5,-110
920BOSTON-320Un 8.5,-105-400Un 8.5,-110
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
TEXAS - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsO-URunsAvgOBPSLGOPSRunsAvgOBPSLGOPS
All Games40-53-4.641-454.40.2370.3110.3910.7025.10.2690.3250.4440.769
Road Games21-25+4.516-263.90.2260.2930.3640.6564.40.2610.3150.4170.732
vs Left-handed Starters13-17-0.116-114.90.2540.3270.4160.7435.70.2860.3370.4790.816
Past 7 Games2-5-3.62-43.00.2180.2710.3530.6244.70.2700.3280.4330.762
Grass Games37-50-5.837-444.40.2360.3110.3890.7005.10.2690.3250.4420.767
Night Games29-36+1.130-324.70.2410.3170.3950.7115.00.2680.3260.4430.769
TEXAS - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
 RunsAVGOBPGABH2B3BHRSLGRBIBBSOSBLOBGIDPERRDPOSB
All Games4.40.2370.311933120741145161010.3913903338704664375689039
Road Games3.90.2260.293461568354704460.3641641484381630739384222
Lefty Starters4.90.2540.327309992544411320.416140108261192092527284
TEXAS - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
 ERAWHIPIPRERHHRBBSOW-LSVBSVPct.
All Games3.631.273317.41431282942811029616-1426974.3%
Road Games2.511.191150.3524212811511467-616480%

BOSTON - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsO-URunsAvgOBPSLGOPSRunsAvgOBPSLGOPS
All Games64-29+22.445-455.40.2710.3340.4500.7843.70.2310.2930.3650.659
Home Games30-12+6.520-196.00.2880.3480.4940.8424.00.2420.3000.3810.681
vs Right-handed Starters51-19+22.236-325.50.2740.3420.4530.7953.50.2280.2920.3550.647
Past 7 Games7-0+7.15-28.40.3470.4250.5420.9663.00.2350.2760.3560.632
Grass Games55-25+1942-355.70.2790.3410.4680.8093.80.2350.2960.3730.669
Night Games42-24+9.633-305.40.2660.3290.4500.7793.90.2300.2930.3700.663
BOSTON - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
 RunsAVGOBPGABH2B3BHRSLGRBIBBSOSBLOBGIDPERRDPOSB
All Games5.40.2710.334933246880185141230.4504783077096664281486128
Home Games6.00.2880.3484214484179611600.494237133285272922922287
Righty Starters5.50.2740.34270245167114010930.4533692545285149767384324
BOSTON - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
 ERAWHIPIPRERHHRBBSOW-LSVBSVPct.
All Games3.161.190304.31101072492711332119-830781.1%
Home Games3.041.1301545452131124316710-113286.7%
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
TEXAS - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
6/27/2018MINOR(L)SAN DIEGORICHARD(L)5-2W-1209.5 evU12110440
6/29/2018GALLARDO(R)CHI WHITE SOXCOVEY(R)11-3W-14510.5 ovO1260532
6/30/2018COLON(R)CHI WHITE SOXRODON(L)13-4W-12510 evO135012102
7/1/2018HAMELS(L)CHI WHITE SOXLOPEZ(R)5-10L-16510.5 unO111201451
7/3/2018BIBENS-DIRKX(R)HOUSTONKEUCHEL(L)3-5L+16010.5 ovU780970
7/4/2018MINOR(L)HOUSTONCOLE(R)4-5L+1609.5 unU1192991
7/5/2018GALLARDO(R)@ DETROITBOYD(L)7-5W-1059 ovO8431272
7/6/2018COLON(R)@ DETROITZIMMERMANN(R)1-3L-1059.5 unU530520
7/7/2018HAMELS(L)@ DETROITFIERS(R)2-7L-1509 ovP87112120
7/8/2018BIBENS-DIRKX(R)@ DETROITFULMER(R)3-0W1009 unU880441
7/9/2018MINOR(L)@ BOSTONRODRIGUEZ(L)0-5L17510 evU590941
7/10/2018GALLARDO(R)@ BOSTONVELAZQUEZ(R)4-8L19511.5 unO7711260
7/11/2018COLON(R)@ BOSTONSALE(L) 
7/13/2018HAMELS(L)@ BALTIMORECOBB(R) 
7/14/2018BIBENS-DIRKX(R)@ BALTIMORE  
7/15/2018MINOR(L)@ BALTIMORECASHNER(R) 

BOSTON - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
6/27/2018PORCELLO(R)LA ANGELSHEANEY(L)9-6W-1359.5 unO128211111
6/28/2018JOHNSON(L)LA ANGELSBARRIA(R)4-2W-16010.5 ovU750690
6/29/2018RODRIGUEZ(L)@ NY YANKEESSABATHIA(L)1-8L1109.5 unU6601130
6/30/2018SALE(L)@ NY YANKEESGRAY(R)11-0W-1508.5 unO1780250
7/1/2018PRICE(L)@ NY YANKEESSEVERINO(R)1-11L1758.5 unO4601670
7/2/2018PORCELLO(R)@ WASHINGTONSCHERZER(R)4-3W1607.5 ovU7709100
7/3/2018JOHNSON(L)@ WASHINGTONROARK(R)11-4W1109.5 unO12301290
7/4/2018RODRIGUEZ(L)@ WASHINGTONFEDDE(R)3-0W-1409 ovU981671
7/6/2018SALE(L)@ KANSAS CITYHAMMEL(R)10-5W-3858 evO15611060
7/7/2018PRICE(L)@ KANSAS CITYKELLER(R)15-4W-1809.5 unO16121690
7/8/2018PORCELLO(R)@ KANSAS CITYFILLMYER(R)7-4W-2259.5 ovO141001291
7/9/2018RODRIGUEZ(L)TEXASMINOR(L)5-0W-18510 evU941590
7/10/2018VELAZQUEZ(R)TEXASGALLARDO(R)8-4W-21511.5 unO1260771
7/11/2018SALE(L)TEXASCOLON(R) 
7/12/2018PRICE(L)TORONTOESTRADA(R) 
7/13/2018PORCELLO(R)TORONTOHAPP(L) 
7/14/2018RODRIGUEZ(L)TORONTO  
7/15/2018VELAZQUEZ(R)TORONTOSTROMAN(R) 
KEY GAME INFORMATION
TEXAS: 2017: 78-84, tied for third place.
MANAGER: Jeff Banister (fourth season).
ADDITIONS: LHP Mike Minor, LHP Matt Moore, RHP Doug Fister, RHP Jesse Chavez, RHP Bartolo Colon, 1B Tommy Joseph.
SUBTRACTIONS: 1B-DH Mike Napoli, CF Carlos Gomez, RHP Andrew Cashner, RHP Jason Grilli, RHP A.J. Griffin, LHP Dario Alvarez.
OUTLOOK: AL West champs in each of Banister's first two seasons, the Rangers are coming off their second losing season in nine years. With most of their everyday lineup back, they should be able to hit and score runs again. But in a division with the defending World Series champs and other improved teams, Texas must depend on a revamped rotation ' maybe using six starters in some variation ' and the hope that its bullpen will be drastically improved. The Rangers scored 799 runs last year and ranked third in the majors with 237 homers. Seven returning players had at least 17. That group is led by Gallo, now the primary first baseman after playing three positions in his first full big league season. Hamels, the clear No. 1 starter now that Yu Darvish is gone, missed seven weeks in 2017 with an oblique strain and threw fewer than 200 innings for the first time since 2009. Perez could unexpectedly be ready for opening day after breaking his non-pitching elbow in a mishap on his ranch in Venezuela before Christmas. Fister didn't pitch his first major league game last season until June, and Minor hasn't started since 2014 with the Braves.
BOSTON: 2017: 93-69, first place, lost to Houston in ALDS.
MANAGER: Alex Cora (first season).
ADDITIONS: DH J.D. Martinez.
SUBTRACTIONS:
MANAGER John Farrell, RHP Doug Fister, OF Chris Young, RHP Addison Reed, OF Rajai Davis, LHP Henry Owens, LHP Fernando Abad.
OUTLOOK: The Red Sox won 93 games last year for the second straight season and claimed the franchise's first back-to-back AL East titles. But Farrell was fired after they failed to advance in the playoffs for the fourth year in a row. The key ' and really only ' addition is Martinez, who gives them someone to replace longtime slugger David Ortiz after finishing last in the AL in homers without Big Papi in 2017. The theory behind Boston keeping up with the reloaded New York Yankees goes something like this: A full season of a healthy Price will bolster a rotation that already has a quality ace in Sale, plus 2016 AL Cy Young Award winner Porcello and All-Stars Pomeranz and Wright. The Red Sox also are staking their chances on the hope that Ramirez can be more like the player he was in 2016 (.286, 30, 111); that Pedroia will return quickly and be healthy and productive; that 20-year-old third baseman Devers will be able to stay up for a full season; and that Bradley won't have another second-half slump. The bullpen, anchored by Kimbrel, remains strong.
PREVIEW
Sale looks to guide Red Sox to sweep of Rangers
 

BOSTON -- Chris Sale is lined up perfectly to make his third consecutive All-Star start next week in Washington.

But first, the skinny left-hander, again a candidate for the Cy Young Award which would be his first has work to do Wednesday night at Fenway Park as the Boston Red Sox go for their ninth straight win and a three-game sweep of the Texas Rangers.

Sale, who has pitched to a 4-1 record and 1.10 ERA in his last six starts, opposes the ageless Bartolo Colon.

Boston (64-29) is pushing for its third straight three-game series sweep and its 14th win in the last 16 games. Tuesday night's 8-4 victory over the Rangers increased its lead atop the American League East over the losing New York Yankees to 3 1/2 games -- the largest lead since April 26.

They won Tuesday night in one of those "bullpen games," with Hector Velazquez working the first three innings and five relievers followed.

The Red Sox have scored 63 runs during their eight-game winning streak.

"Lineup wise, everybody's doing an outstanding job," Boston manager Alex Cora said. "We're having fun. It's a pretty good lineup right now from top to bottom.

"We know where we're at. We're playing good baseball. That's what it's all about. The line kept moving. That's what it's all about from top to bottom. It's a pretty good lineup. They've been doing that the past few weeks."

Colon is making his second try at snapping the tie with Dennis Martinez and giving him 246 career victories, the most by a Latin American pitcher.

The portly right-hander was 35 years old and appeared to be washed up when he went 4-2 with the Red Sox in 2008. He has 95 victories since and brings a 5-6 record and 4.65 ERA into Wednesday night's start.

He faces Sale, who notched his 100th career win (62 losses) his last time out and has been, like his team, on fire. Opponent hitters have batted .148 against him in the last six outings, with Sale walking nine and striking out 66 while posting an .073 WHIP.

He has fanned at least 10 in four straight and five of his last six.

The Rangers are 2-4 on their 10-game road trip leading up to the All-Star break with Yovani Gallardo's third-inning blowup the difference Tuesday.

"Third inning was challenging for Gallardo," Texas manager Jeff Banister said. "Struggled landing his off-speed pitch, a fastball got elevated.

"I thought the first and the second inning (was a) really good mix with both the soft and the hard and was able to get the fastball where he wanted to and expand with a breaking ball. But third through the fifth was a little bit challenging getting his breaking ball and changeup where he wanted to."

The Texas hitters have, for the most part, dreadful numbers against Sale.

Sale is 6-2 with a 3.12 ERA in 13 career games (nine starts) against the Rangers including a strong 12-strikeout win in Arlington, Texas. on May 6.

Delino DeShields is 4-for-9 and Adrian Beltre 5-for-16 with a homer against Sale, but Robinson Chirinos is 0-for-8 with four strikeouts, newly acquired Austin Jackson 2-for-37, Shin-Soo Choo 2-for-26, Elvis Andrus 2-for-25, Joey Gallo 1-for-9 with six strikeouts and Ryan Rua 2-for-9.

Not much stands out on the Boston side against Colon. Rafael Devers has two homers in three at-bats and Eduardo Nunez is 0-for-8 lifetime against Colon.

Colon is 9-12 with a 3.82 ERA in 30 games (28 starts) against the Red Sox and 7-6 with a 3.74 ERA at Fenway.

Before Tuesday's game, Cora said he wasn't expecting the injured Dustin Pedroia to return anytime soon from his left knee problems and the second baseman is heading home to Arizona to continue his rehab.

"We love him to be around here," Cora said. "For now, it's better he go over there and disconnect a little bit from all this and just concentrate on himself. There are going to be some adjustments on the rehab dealing with hammy and core and gluts. I think that's the best thing we can do right now."

Choo extended his Rangers single-season on-base record to 48 straight games with a pair of walks Tuesday.


Last Updated: 7/17/2018 1:09:47 AM EST


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