Rangers vs Orioles: Wildcard Game Free Pick

Rangers Orioles Free Pick, MLB Playoffs 2012

Rangers SP Yu Darvish has not allowed more than 3 runs in his last 7 outings…

Baltimore Orioles at Texas Rangers Free Pick, 2012 MLB Playoffs

Let the baseball playoffs begin!

Today is a great day in baseball history. MLB baseball welcomes the advent of the one game Wild Card “Play-in” Game. Baseball fans (including me) are very excited to see one game series, with everything at stake.

Emotions should be running high when the Baltimore Orioles travel to the Texas Rangers for the AL Wild Card Play-in. Every pitch, every out will matter. This is what sports is about.

Here, we will provide an Orioles vs Rangers free pick. Our overall approach to MLB handicapping is based on pitching. As you will see, we look at head-to-head matchups and current streaks. These are the major factors that come into play in a short baseball series.

So, lets get right to it. And when you’re done reading this free pick, be sure to check out OWR’s Best MLB Sportsbooks.


Baltimore Orioles at Texas Rangers Odds:

Baltimore Orioles at Texas Rangers
Friday, Oct 5, 8:37 pm Odds Consensus
Teams Money Run O/U Money Over/Under
Baltimore Orioles +180 +1.5 (-130) 9.0 74% 55%
Texas Rangers -200 -1.5 (+100) 26% 45%

Orioles at Rangers Pitcher’s Matchup:

Orioles SP Joe Saunders (9-13, 3.63 ERA, 1.27 WHIP)

Left Handed journeyman Joe Saunders will take the bump for Baltimore. He has a decent 2012 campaign. His overall 1.27 WHIP shows he has been able to keep runner off base effectively.

In his career at The Ballpark in Arlington, Saunders has been hit hard. He has a career 9.38 ERA and 1.80 WHIP all time at Texas.

When we look at Saunders versus the Rangers lineup, it could tell the whole story of this game. Saunders has allowed a combined .407 OBP to the current Rangers lineup. This is a huge number!

The hottest hitters vs. Saunders are Michael Young (1.045 OPS), Ian Kinsler (1.464 OPS) and Nelson Cruz (.950 OPS). And these numbers are posted in over 20 at bats vs. Saunders, so they are not an anomaly.

Expect the Rangers lineup to get to Saunders early tonight. If Sanders is not pinpoint, the Rangers lineup will make him pay dearly.

Rangers SP Yu Darvish (16-9, 3.90 ERA, 1.28 WHIP)

Yu Darvish has been electric the Rangers 2012. Of his list 7 outings, Darvish has not given up more than 3 runs. He has also gone 7 inning or more 6 of his last 7 outings.

He has never faced the Orioles lineup, Darvish has posted solid numbers in Rangers Stadium. Yu holds a home WHIP of 1.27. He has yield only 9 home runs (at home) in over 92 innings pitched. This is a solid total considering the offense ballpark of Texas.

Expect Darvish to limit the Orioles while he is on the hill. He should be able to maintain his average – 7 IP, 3 Runs scored.

Orioles vs Texas Head to Head:

The Rangers have dominated this head to head series in 2012. The Rangers are 5-7 versus the Orioles in 2012.

As far as current streaks go, Orioles hold the edge. Baltimore has won 13 of their last 20. Texas has been sliding a bit, winning 8 of their last 20 games.

Baltimore Orioles at Texas Rangers Free Pick Conclusion:

In short baseball series (especially one game) it all comes down to pitching. When we handicap the Saunders vs Darvish matchup, Yu Darvish Clearly has the edge.

In individual matchup show that Saunders has a history of being hit hard by the Rangers. This is especially true when at Texas Stadium.

Darvish has a clear advantage having never faced Baltimore hitters. He has electric stuff, that will be difficult to see when never facing him before.

Take the Rangers tonight and the -190 money line. And if you’re looking for a better price, lay the 1.5 runs at +100.

Orioles at Rangers Free Pick:

Texas Rangers -190 or -1.5 runs (+100)


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