MLB Interleague Play: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Texas Rangers

by Dirty on June 24, 2010

Texas Rangers Baseball Betting The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Texas Rangers will both be trying to pick up a win on Thursday when they battle at Rangers Ballpark.

The Pirates will give the ball to starter Jeff Karstens in this one. Righthander Karstens is 2-2 this season with a 4.39 ERA.

The Rangers will counter Karstens with ace Scott Feldman. Righthander Feldman has a 5.16 ERA to go along with a 5-6 record this season.

Oddsmakers currently have the Rangers listed as 245-moneyline favorites versus the Pirates, while the game’s total is sitting at 10½.

Michael Young smacked a two-run homer and drove in four runs as the Rangers trounced the Pirates 13-3 on Wednesday. The Rangers won that game as -185 favorites, and the 16 runs sailed OVER the posted over/under (10.5) set by sportsbooks.

Alexi Ogando tossed three innings of scoreless relief to earn the Rangers win, and Matt Harrison closed out the win with his first save.

Paul Malholm was chased from the mound after giving up seven runs in the first inning and suffered the the loss for the Pirates.

Current streak:
Pittsburgh has lost 2 straight games.
Texas has won 10 straight games.

Team records:
Pittsburgh: 25-46 SU
Texas: 43-28 SU

Pittsburgh most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Oakland are 1-5
After playing Texas are 3-7
After a loss are 1-9

Texas most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Houston are 8-2
After playing Pittsburgh are 8-2
After a win are 9-1

A few trends to consider:
Pittsburgh is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games when playing Texas
Pittsburgh is 2-14 SU in its last 16 games
Pittsburgh is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Texas
Texas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Texas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Texas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
Texas is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing Pittsburgh

Next up:
Pittsburgh at Oakland, Friday, June 25
Texas home to Houston, Friday, June 25

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