Cleveland Guardians (45-47) at Texas Rangers (54-39)
Game Info: Sunday, July 16th, 2023 at 2:35 p.m. EST ( Globe Life Field)
Betting Odds: Rangers (-130) - Over/Under (9.5)
Pick: Rangers ML(-130)
Sunday is here already and it’s time to wrap up the first weekend series after the All-Star break. There’s been plenty of solid action throughout the first two days of the resume to season in the playoff picture is starting to take an even clear shape with each passing game. Sunday’s series finale takes us to Arlington, Texas, as the Cleveland Guardians look to grab a victory over the Texas Rangers and avoid being swept in this three game series.
The Cleveland Guardians came out of the All-Star break, leading the American League Central division by a couple games over the Minnesota Twins. However, when you put things into perspective, that is not that impressive this season, considering the American League Central division has been the worst division in baseball up until this point of the season. The Cleveland Guardians currently sit in second place of the American League Central division with a losing record after dropping the first two games of this series to the Texas Rangers. As they now try all the Minnesota Twins by one and a half games coming into the finale of this series on Sunday afternoon.
Tanner Bibee will be getting the start for the Cleveland Guardians in the finale of this three-game series here on Sunday afternoon. His major league career is off to a solid start as he has been effective throughout a handful of appearances during his rookie season. He is just one of three different Cleveland pitchers to make their debut this season and he appears to have the most promise out of all three of them. As of right now, he has seemed to establish himself as the future ace of this Cleveland rotation. He can take one step further, and that journey by providing a quality start in the finale of this series in helping the Guardians avoid a sweep at the hands of the Texas Rangers. Cleveland will be desperate for a victory as they look to break their three game losing streak here on Sunday afternoon.
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The Texas Rangers come into the finale of this three-game weekend series flying high after picking up two consecutive victories over Cleveland. They will have their best pitcher on the mound for them in the finale as Martin Perez is slated to get to start against Cleveland at home on Sunday afternoon. They have all the momentum coming into the finale of this series as well after they came back from a 4-0 deficit in their victory on Friday and they shut the Cleveland Guardians out on Saturday by score of two to nothing. Despite only winning four out of their last six games on the season they are currently on a two game winning streak coming into the finale of this series.
The Texas Rangers are leading the American League West division at the moment ahead of the defending World Series champions, their in-state rivals the Houston Astros. They have paired timely hitting with solid pitching throughout the first part of the season and the formula is working, as they look to be on a collision course with the American League Championship Series. They have picked up 54 victories in their first 93 games of the 2023 Major League Baseball season. With Martin Perez taking the mound for them in this game they have an advantage in the pitching matchup, and they will look to exploit that advantage here on Sunday against the Guardians team that has had trouble at the plate throughout the weekend.
Betting trends to consider in this matchup:
- Cleveland is 21-25 on the road this season
- Cleveland is 32-24 outside of the AL Central
- Texas is 38-28 outside of the AL West
I have to go with the Texas Rangers in this game on Sunday afternoon as they hold all the momentum against Cleveland. I expect Texas to get a third consecutive victory against Cleveland and complete the sweep to open up the second half of the season. As I look for Martin Perez to combine a solid pitching performance with offensive production from the Rangers lineup to grab a victory.
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