Texas Rangers vs. Philadelphia Phillies
The Philadelphia Phillies go for the series sweep as they host the Texas Rangers on Sunday. The Phillies are -165 favorites over the Rangers with the over/under run total set at 8.
The Philadelphia Phillies have put on a defensive display in their first two games against the Texas Rangers on Friday and Saturday. After a Roy Halladay gem on Friday Cliff Lee allowed five hits while striking out 10 of his ex-teammates over eight shutout innings to get his third win of the year as Ryan Madson pitched the ninth to get his ninth save of the season. Ryan Howard and John Mayberry Jr. both homered to provide all of the scoring for the Phillies while Jimmy Rollins and Placido Polanco added two hits each. For Sunday’s finale Philadelphia starts Roy Oswalt who makes his second start since returning from an injury. For the season Oswalt has allowed 28 hits and 11 earned runs while striking out 24 in 32 innings of work.
The Texas Rangers are back to .500 on the season but in the American League West that keeps them right at the top of the division. On Saturday the bats were kept in check once again as Michael Young had three hits and Elvis Andrus, Ian Kinsler, and Mike Napoli all had hits but they were unable to score a run. Colby Lewis allowed seven hits and two earned runs while striking out six over 6.2 innings of work while taking his fifth loss of the season. On Sunday Texas looks to salvage a win as they send Matt Harrison, who has lost his last four decisions, to the mound. For the season Harrison has allowed 39 hits and 22 earned runs while striking out 30 in 46.1 innings of work.
Philadelphia is 7-1 in their last eight interleague games, 5-0 in their last five home games against a left handed starter, and 15-5 in Oswalt’s last 20 starts. Texas is 5-0 in their last five games after losing the first two games of a series, 1-11 in their last 12 interleague games against a team with a winning record, and 0-5 in Harrison’s last five starts. Texas has lost five in a row at Philadelphia.
While Texas is adept at avoiding being swept, I don’t see them doing it here. I’m taking the Phillies minus the 165.
Philadlphia Phillies -165 Texas Rangers