20* Red Sox/Rangers ESPN Monday No-Brainer on OVER 10 (-115)
Boston vs. Texas,
07/23/2012 20:05 EDT,
Score: 1 - 9
Total: -115/+10 Over
I fully expect a slugfest tonight in one of the most hitter-friendly ballparks in the league. The Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers feature two of the most potent line-ups in baseball, and I like both Felix Doubront and Scott Feldman to get rocked in this one.
Feldman is 3-6 with a 5.89 ERA and 1.455 WHIP in 10 starts and six relief appearances this year. The right-hander is 2-6 with a 6.46 ERA and 1.543 WHIP in his 10 starts. In his lone career start against Boston, Feldman gave up 12 runs, 6 earned, and 13 base runners over 2 2/3 innings of a 17-19 loss.
Doubront has a very fortunate 10-4 record despite posting a 4.24 ERA and 1.363 WHIP over 18 starts in 2012 for the Red Sox. The left-hander has faced Texas before, giving up 4 runs, 2 earned, and nine base runners over 4 2/3 innings of a 4-8 loss to the Rangers.
Both teams are averaging 5.0 runs/game this year, so with two below-average starters going, I see each team surpassing its season average in this one.
The OVER is 5-0 in Doubront's last 5 starts during game 1 of a series. The OVER is 5-0-1 in Doubront's last 6 starts vs. a team with a winning record. The OVER is 4-0 in Doubront's last 4 starts with the total set at 9.0-10.5. The OVER is 3-0-2 in the last 5 meetings. These four trends make for a 17-0 system backing the OVER. Bet the OVER in this game Monday.