Texas Rangers vs. Boston Red Sox
Tip-off: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 – 7:00 PM ET
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
- Texas: Ogando (4-2, 3.08 ERA)
- Boston: Lackey (3-5, 2.96 ERA)
Bettors aren’t quite surprised that since the Boston Red Sox are among the best offensive teams in baseball their recent winning streak is strongly powered by their lineup.
In addition to David Ortiz’s production, Boston is also getting help from several surprising players such as Daniel Nava, Jose Iglesias and Jackie Bradley Jr. who will like to continue their success and really impress YouWager bettors as Boston goes for a fourth straight victory tonight versus the Texas Rangers.
The Red Sox (36-23) lead the AL East in part because it’s hitting .272 and averaging 5.2 runs to rank among the most potent offenses in the majors.
Boston has done an even better job during the victory streak, batting .405 with nine homers and outscoring rivals 31-6. The Red Sox collected season highs of 19 hits and eight doubles while hitting four homers Tuesday in a 17-5 victory in the opener of this three-game set.
The 37 year-old Ortiz, the team leader with a .333 average, drove in three runs while hitting a double and legging out his first triple since April 11, 2011.
The AL West-leading Texas (35-22) will be starting with Alexi Ogando (4-2, 3.08 ERA) who could help end Boston’s bats. The right-hander is scheduled to take the mound for the first time since a 6-2 victory versus the Oakland Atheltics on May 15 due to right biceps tendinitis.
Ogando was 2-0 with a 2.55 ERA over his three previous starts before his injury, a stretch that started with a 5-1 home victory versus Boston on May 4. The 29 year-old yielded one run in six innings opposite John Lackey, who is scheduled to pitch Wednesday for the Red Sox.
Lackey (3-5, 2.96) has won two of three home starts behind a 0.90 ERA with 20 strikeouts in 20 innings. The Texas native wasn’t nearly that effective away from home last Wednesday, allowing three solo homers in six innings of a 4-3 loss versus the Philadelphia Phillies. Lackey gave up two unearned runs and three hits over 13 innings in winning his previous two MLB starts.