This series has been back and forth as the Dodgers took the opener by a score of 12-1 and the Rangers bounced back with a 12-1 victory of their own on Saturday. The rubber match will be a Sunday matinee that features two hot lineups and a big disparity in the pitching matchup.
Here’s how sportsbooks have set the opening Rangers-Dodgers odds.
MLB Odds: Rangers-Dodgers Odds
Texas Rangers +1.5 (-105)
Los Angeles Dodgers -1.5 (-115)
Over 8 Runs (-112)
Under 8 Runs (-108)
Why The Rangers Could Cover The Spread
The Texas Rangers put together their best performance in what’s been a horrible season on Saturday. Despite the win, the Rangers have still lost four of their last six games to date. Texas will hope to carry some momentum into this game as they scored 12 runs on 17 hits against the Dodgers in their latest victory. The Rangers will be out to prove that this performance wasn’t a fluke as they still average just 3.86 runs per game, which is good for 25th in the Majors.
Texas will turn to right-hander Dane Dunning for the rubber match. Dunning has been pitching fairly well for the Rangers with a 2-4 record and 4.26 ERA to date. The thing to note with Dunning is that he has been far worse pitching on the road this season with a 7.20 ERA away from Arlington. He has been struggling of late with nine earned runs allowed over his past three starts. Dunning will make his first career start against the Dodgers.
Why The Dodgers Could Cover The Spread
The Los Angeles Dodgers seem to be returning to form as they’ve won four of their last five games coming in. The Dodgers will be looking to pick their spirits back up after getting crushed by 11 runs against this Rangers team on Saturday. They picked up an 11-run victory of their own in the series opener and will certainly hope to match that performance in the finale. The Dodgers can find comfort in the fact that they are the home team as they’ve won 20 of their first 31 home games of the season. The Dodgers are second in the majors in runs per game.
The Dodgers will turn to hard-throwing right-hander Walker Buehler for the rubber match. Buehler is in the early Cy Young conversations as he is 5-0 with a 2.56 ERA this season. The Dodger right-hander has been great at home and loves to pitch in day games. Buehler has a 0.69 ERA in day games this season. He gets to go up against a Rangers lineup that is 12-28 against right-handed starters.
Final Rangers-Dodgers Prediction & Pick
Despite the result of Saturday’s game between these clubs, this series is extremely lopsided. The Los Angeles Dodgers are much better than the Texas Rangers and that should prove true in the rubber match. Walker Buehler is virtually unstoppable on the bump and this Ranger lineup rarely ever puts up a fight. The Dodgers play extremely well at home and they will almost certainly bounce back in a big way following an embarrassing loss.
FINAL PICK: Los Angeles Dodgers -1.5 (-115)