With last night’s game going to extra innings, it’s clear that these two teams are evenly matched. Whichever team can perform better at the plate on Wednesday will likely be the victor here, considering how yesterday’s game turned out. Neither of these teams is impressive at the plate, which makes it the deciding factor.
Considering that both teams are so evenly matched, placing a bet between the two of them becomes difficult. However, before you make your pick, let’s take a look at what both teams bring to Wednesday night.
RHP Jordan Lyles will get the start on the mound for Texas.
RHP Jordan Lyles is 2-4 as a starter with an ERA of 5.79, with the first game of the series being a stalemate, it’ll be interesting to see if the Rockies batters can perform better against Lyles. As a team, the Rangers have the 28th ranked BAA (batting average against) in MLB. Their poor average on the mound didn’t seem to be a problem against the Rockies’ batting lineup on Tuesday, though.
What the Rangers will need to focus on when the game starts on Wednesday is their own batting lineup. They were stalled out at the plate on Tuesday, and if that were to happen again, the Rockies could capitalize while Lyles is on the mound.
Rockies success hinges on their ability to perform in tough situations.
If they’re unable to put runs on the board when it matters most, the Rockies are going to fall into a slump again, similar to their losing streak before being the Pirates. In order to avoid that, they’ll need to take advantage of the pitching matchup in front of them. RHP Jordan Lyles is a perfect opportunity for the Rockies to really drive runs home early on Wednesday.
Since they’ll be starting one of their weaker pitchers themselves, RHP Antonio Senzatela, the Rockies will have to compensate with better batting. Senzatela has an ERA of 4.97 and is 1-5 as a starter which doesn’t inspire much confidence in the right-hander’s ability.
Best team to bet on Wednesday? Texas Rangers +100, UNDER
Although they’ll be starting a pitcher with a worse ERA, Jordan Lyles should be able to stave off some early runs from the Rockies. Colorado, on the other hand, has shown countless times their struggles at the plate, mainly getting shut out twice by the Pirates. With their track record of failing to put runs on the board, they make it hard to trust them on Wednesday, even with them being the favorite.
This is a perfect game to bet the UNDER on, considering the run total is set at 10.5. With both teams having trouble at the plate, you shouldn’t expect over ten runs on Wednesday.
Look for the Rangers to take a win on the road here with the total going UNDER, Texas Rangers +100.