Boston Red Sox vs Texas Rangers, Free MLB Pick from Sports Investor Central – 6/26/2016
Boston Red Sox
vs Texas Rangers
Game Time: Sunday June 26th, 3:05pm EST
Odds: Rangers-115, O/U 10
Boston Red Sox vs Texas Rangers free MLB pick provided by Sports Investor Central
The Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox play the rubber match of their three-game series on Sunday. Boston won 8-7 on Friday with Texas rolling to a 10-3 victory on Saturday. Saturday’s setback marked the 4th consecutive game in which Boston has allowed 7 or more runs.
Clay Buchholz (3-7, 5.83 ERA) will take on Martin Perez (6-4, 3.57 ERA) in Sunday’s series finale. Buchholz returned to the rotation on Tuesday, after making five relief appearances. He surrendered three runs on four hits (two HRs) over five innings in a loss to the Chicago White Sox. It marked only the 3rd time in 11 starts he had allowed fewer than four runs and first time since May 4, when he gave up two in a victory at Chicago.
Buchholz has not fared well against Texas in his career as he has lost FIVE of his six decisions while posting a 4.10 ERA in seven starts (team is 2-5). His road ERA in 2016 sits at 6.14, spanning three starts and three relief stints.
Perez looks to notch his 6th consecutive win after escaping with a no-decision last Sunday, when he was knocked around for 4 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks over 5.1 innings at St Louis. Perez has made just three career starts against Boston, going 1-1 (team is 1-2) while allowing 11 ERs on 22 hits over 16 innings (6.19 ERA).
The Boston Red Sox could use a win after losing eight of their last 13 games but the Red Sox are just 1-5 in their last 6 during game 3 of a series and 3-9 in Buchholz’s last 12 starts.
The Rangers hope Perez can pitch well enough to eat up some innings as Texas owns the highest bullpen ERA in the American League at 4.73. A good note for bettors are the Rangers are 7-0 in their last 7 Sunday games and 9-2 their last 11 home games vs a right handed starter.
Buchholz has been inconsistent at best and Perez has been pitching well of late with five straight wins before his no-decision against the Cardinals. We see no reason to back Buchholz and isn’t worthy of being a favorite, especially against a red hot Rangers team that’s swinging the bats extremely well. The Rangers and the plus money has to be the pick here.
Boston Red Sox vs Texas Rangers free pick: Texas Rangers +105