Texas Rangers (75-57) at New York Mets (60-73)
Game Info: Wednesday, August 30th, 2023 at 6:40 p.m. EST (Citi Field)
Betting Odds: Rangers ML (-105) - Over/Under (8)
Pick: Rangers ML (-105)
Wednesday afternoon, takes us to Queens and Citi Field where the Texas Rangers and the New York Mets will wrap up a three game interleague series. These two teams have been on very opposite trajectories this season, as Texas looks to be a playoff lock and New York, after coming into the season with the highest payroll in all of Major League Baseball, has been a complete failure this season.
The Texas Rangers have had a fantastic season up until this point, but they are still recovering from a lengthy losing streak that knocked them off of their perch in the American League West division. They will have some work to do if they want to make their way past the Houston Astros and the Seattle Mariners once again, and reclaim the top spot in the division with about a month left in the year. They have done a good job in the opening two games of this series getting back on track as they have picked up two consecutive one run victories over the New York Mets earlier this week. Now they will be looking to pick up their third consecutive victory and complete the three game sweep of the New York Mets on the road in Queens here on Wednesday afternoon.
Texas comes into the third and final game of this series with a record of 75-57 through the first 132 games of the 2023 Major League Baseball season. They are less than one game out of first place behind the Seattle Mariners and they are tied for second place with the defending World Series champions, the Houston Astros at the moment. They have only picked up three victories in their last ten games on the season, but they are currently on a two game winning streak coming into the finale of this series. Dane Dunning will be on the mound for the finale of this series, and he will be looking to pick up his tenth victory of the season here on Wednesday afternoon in Queens.
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The New York Mets had so many expectations coming into the season, but they have been a complete disappointment this year. They came into the season with one of the highest payrolls in all of baseball, but that clearly did not pay off for them and they now find themselves with a losing record, and they sold off two of their big time starting pitchers at the trade deadline. They have fallen all the way down to last place in the National League East division and it is likely that they will finish the regular season there unless they get hot coming down the final stretch of the year. They will be looking to bounce back in the finale of the series after losing the opening two games, as they look to avoid a three-game sweep on their own home field.
The New York Mets come into the third and final game of this series with a record of 60-72 through the first 132 games of the 2023 Major League Baseball season. After a rough spell, they have fallen all the way into the basement of the National League East division behind the Washington Nationals, who were having an even worse season up until the last few weeks. Now, New York will be looking to pick up some much-needed victories to get out of the basement and at least salvage their pride this season after an embarrassing year. They were a team that was projected to be a World Series contender, and they ended up being one of the worst teams in all of baseball this season.
Betting trends to consider in this matchup:
- Texas is 19-15 as a road favorite
- New York Is 31-41 after a loss
- Texas is 33-33 on the road
I expect the Texas Rangers to pick up a third consecutive victory in the series here on Wednesday afternoon in New York. As I look for their starting pitcher Dane Dunning to help pitch them to a much-needed victory as they look to put themselves back into first place in the American League West division.
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