The Baltimore Orioles will wrap up their three-game road series against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday afternoon as they look for the sweep. The Orioles are second in the AL East with a 3-2 record and are riding a two-game winning streak. Baltimore is sending one of their top prospects, righty Grayson Rodriguez to the mound for his MLB debut.
The Texas Rangers have been doing well and are second in the AL West with a 3-2 record. However, they are on a two-game losing streak. The Rangers will be having their right-handed ace Jacob deGrom taking the mound here, and he struggled on Opening Day as he did not factor in the decision. deGrom went 3.2 innings and allowed five runs on six hits with no walks and seven strikeouts.
Baltimore Orioles vs. Texas Rangers: Betting Odds
|Baltimore Orioles||+1.5 (-125)||Over 7.5 (-105)||+160|
|Texas Rangers||-1.5 (+105)||Under 7.5 (-115)||-190|
Odds Courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook
The Baltimore Orioles have been an exciting young offense this season and are leading the majors with a .913 team OPS while averaging 6.4 runs per game heading into this game. Catcher Adley Rutschman has been doing well as he is currently 8-for-24 with a home run, four RBI and a pair of runs scored. This lineup is very solid, with a bunch of young hitters proving themselves at the MLB level. It will be interesting to see how they do here against one of the best pitchers of this generation.
Grayson Rodriguez will be on the mound and is the second-ranked prospect in the Orioles system. He is just 23 years old and was dominant in the minors as he was 25-9 with a 2.49 ERA in 70 games (69 starts). With the emotions of his MLB debut and going up against a veteran-laded lineup, fans are excited to see how his stuff plays at the MLB level at such a young age.
The Texas Rangers have been doing decently well as a team in the batter’s box and are currently 13th in the major leagues with a .766 team OPS while scoring 6.2 runs per game heading into this game. Catcher Mitch Garver has been producing at the plate as he is 4-for-10 with two home runs, six RBI and four runs scored thus far. If the Rangers can be patient and force Rodriguez into making some amped-up mistakes, they will be in a good position to win.
Jacob deGrom will be getting the ball for the Rangers here and is looking to shake off his Opening Day woes. He has been a force in his career against these Orioles. In two career starts, he is 2-0 in 14.2 innings and allowed two runs on 11 hits with a hit by pitch, two walks and 15 strikeouts. deGrom is an excellent pitcher and should be able to get going after a rough start where he did not look as sharp as you’d expect.
Fixture: Baltimore Orioles @ Texas Rangers
Date & Time: Wednesday, April 5, 2:10 p.m. EDT
Venue: Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas
Baltimore Orioles vs. Texas Rangers: Betting Prediction
Grayson Rodriguez making his MLB debut in this start means the Texas Rangers do not have much tape to understand how to battle against him. Jacob deGrom has been trying to find his footing in the American League after pitching his entire career in the NL, and the Orioles have been red hot at the plate. Today’s game will be challenging for deGrom to navigate as he builds up his pitch count after missing most of Spring Training. The Orioles have won in each of the previous eight games against the Rangers, so go with the Baltimore Orioles to succeed as a road underdog here.