The Texas Rangers were off to a very strong start, sweeping the Phillies at home, but then the Baltimore Orioles came to town and the O’s took a 2-0 win in the opening game.
Baltimore went with an opener, but got five innings from Tyler Wells out of the bullpen and two solo home runs, one from Jorge Mateo and another from Gunnar Henderson.
Today, Baltimore has Kyle Gibson starting and Texas has Andrew Heaney on the mound. Gibson is 1-0, but he did give up four runs in his Opening Day start.
The Rangers are home favorites in this one.
Orioles vs. Rangers odds, run line and total
Orioles vs. Rangers prediction and pick
These two teams have had some pop in their lineups so far. It was surprising to see that 2-0 win from Baltimore yesterday considering that Texas had scored 29 runs in their first three games. The Orioles have scored 25 runs through four games, posting a .942 team OPS, led by Adam Frazier with a 1.500 OPS very early in the year. Cedric Mullins is also off to a great start with two home runs. As a team they’ve hit nine homers, but they also have 11 stolen bases.
The Rangers have done it a little differently on offense. They only have one steal and six home runs, but have generated a lot of runs so far. Their team OPS is .785 despite a .342 team on base percentage. They’re hitting a lot of singles and drawing a lot of walks, but only have two extra base hits.
The Rangers were able to put up big offensive days against Philadelphia, but their offensive numbers make it seem like that production isn’t quite here to stay. I’ll take the Orioles.
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