Baltimore Orioles vs. Texas Rangers
The Baltimore Orioles and the Texas Rangers meet on Wednesday for game three of their four game series at Camden Yards. The Rangers are -140 favorites over the Orioles with an over/under run total set at 9.
The Baltimore Orioles have gotten off to a strong start to the 2012 season but for the last two nights they have been pounded by the Texas Rangers with no answers from the bats of their own. Nick Markakis had three hits including a solo home run, J.J. hardy had two hits including a solo home run, and Robert Andino had two hits as the Orioles had 11 hits and scored three runs. Jake Arrieta didn’t have his best stuff on the mound as he allowed nine hits and six earned runs over 6.1 innings of work to take his third loss of the year. For Wednesday’s game Baltimore starts Wei-Yin Chen who has turned out to be a nice off season pick up for them. For the year Chen has allowed 29 hits and nine earned runs while striking out 23 over 29.1 innings of work for a 2.76 ERA.
The Texas Rangers have had some rough spots on their recent road trip but the past two games in Baltimore haven’t been part of the rough spots. On Tuesday Josh Hamilton had five hits with four of those being two run home runs for eight RBI’s, Elvis Andrus had two hits and scored four times, and Adrian Beltre had two hits including a home run as the Rangers had 15 hits and scored 10 runs. On the mound Neftali Feliz was in cruise control as he allowed four hits and a run while striking out eight over six innings for his second win of the season. For Wednesday’s game Texas starts Colby Lewis who took his first loss of the season in his last start. For the season Lewis has allowed 40 hits and 13 earned runs while striking out 31 over 39.1 innings of work for a 2.97 ERA.
Baltimore is 5-0 in game three of a series, 5-2 in their last seven games overall, and 4-0 in Chen’s last four starts. Texas is 39-13 in their last 52 games as a favorite, 13-5 in their last 18 games as a left handed starter, and 14-5 in Lewis’ last 19 starts as a favorite. Texas has won seven in a row in the last seven meetings of these two.
Texas has gotten the best of it in the first two games and they haven’t been close but look for Baltimore to get a game back here with Chen whom Texas has never seen before.
Baltimore Orioles +120 Texas Rangers