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MLB Betting Preview: Cleveland Guardians vs. Texas Rangers

September 16, 2023

In the upcoming game two encounters of their three-game showdown, the Texas Rangers and Cleveland Guardians gear up for fierce competition. Will the Rangers manage to maintain their excellence away from home, as they seek the top spot in their division?

  • Date: Game 2 on September 16, 2023 at 6:10 PM ET

  • Location: Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio

Texas Rangers Betting Preview

The Rangers moved closer to the top of their division with four straight wins against the Toronto Blue Jays recently. Any wins that they can accumulate here would be adding fuel to the fire as the season is nearing an end.

They have put their batting prowess on display, flaunting an impressive .267 batting average along with a commendable slugging percentage of .457. This unquestionably gives them an edge when facing off against the Guardians.

However, if they aspire to secure victory, some enhancements to their pitching lineup are in order. Their opponents maintain a .244 batting average against them, coupled with an ERA hovering around 4.24. These statistics allow for a reasonable margin for error.

Their OBP stands strong at .340, signaling their knack for consistently getting runners on base. The spotlight will be on their defense, as their offense seems well-equipped to tackle any challenges that may arise.

Cleveland Guardians Betting Preview

The Guardians have an opportunity to make the playoffs, as they are second in their division. However, they need to continue winning games in order to distance themselves from others in the division trying to creep in.

The Rangers display formidable power at the plate, with a solid .248 batting average and an impressive slugging percentage of .378. Attempting to match their offensive might head-to-head would be a daunting task.

Meanwhile, the Guardians' pitching performance closely mirrors that of the Rangers, allowing opponents to hit .245 while maintaining a commendable ERA of 3.95. Their slight edge on the mound could prove pivotal in determining the outcome of this contest.

However, it is worth noting that the Guardians' OBP stands at a modest .310, indicating they do not have runners on base as frequently as the Rangers. To level the playing field, they will need to rely on strong pitching.

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

MyBookie's odds have this matchup coming down to a coin flip, with the Texas Rangers as the slightest favorite to win. According to market analysis, it indicates that the Rangers have a 52.2 percent likelihood of winning game two.

  • Cleveland Guardians: -102

  • Texas Rangers: -118

This matchup will be won on the mound and both teams have a solid chance of doing that. The Rangers mean business and want to get back on top of the AL West and now is the time to do so.

Final Pick: Take the Texas Rangers to Win at -118