Rangers vs. Orioles prediction and odds for Sunday, May 28 (O’s salvage series finale)

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Kyle Bradish (39) throws.
Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Kyle Bradish (39) throws. / Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Orioles have dropped back-to-back games to the Texas Rangers heading into Sunday’s series finale at Camden Yards. 

On the season, Baltimore is just half a game back of the Rangers for one of the best marks in the American League, showing just how far this young team has come in the past two seasons. 

Kyle Bradish (2-1, 4.34 ERA) gets the ball for Baltimore against the Rangers’ Cody Bradford (0-1, 10.80 ERA). This is just the second start of Bradford’s career. 

Texas is on a four-game winning streak, but it comes into this game as a pretty sizable underdog with Bradford on the mound. 

Let’s break down the odds and my best bet for this matchup: 

Rangers vs. Orioles odds, run line and total

Rangers vs. Orioles prediction and pick

This is a tough matchup for Bradford, who gave up six runs on seven hits in his Major League debut against the Atlanta Braves on May 15. 

The Orioles may not be as good of an offense as the Braves, but they are 11th in MLB in OPS and seventh in runs scored this season. 

They are fourth in the American League in runs scored, but the Rangers, who have a +124 run differential, are first. 

Despite Texas’ elite offense this season, I have to back the O’s in this game. 

Bradish has been good outside of two outings, allowing three or fewer runs in six of his eight appearances. He did give up four runs in five innings against the New York Yankees in his last outing, but that may be enough to beat Bradford. 

Plus, Baltimore’s bullpen (second in bullpen ERA) has a massive advantage over Texas (27th in bullpen ERA). I’ll back the O’s to avoid the sweep on Sunday. 

Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.