Thursday, July 15, 2010

Boston Red Sox vs. Texas Rangers Live Preview, Picks & Predictions

Boston Red Sox vs. Texas Rangers Live Preview

Teams: Boston Red Sox vs. Texas Rangers

Date & Time: 7:40 P.M. EST, July 15th Thursday

Venue: Fenway Park

Boston Red Sox vs. Texas Rangers Live Picks at Online Sportsbook

The Boston Red Sox were one game better than the Texas Rangers before the All-Star break, but they don't feel nearly as good about their situation as the teams begin the second half at Fenway Park.

The Rangers are still comfortably atop the AL West despite losing their last four games, while the Red Sox occupy third place in the AL East and remain without several key players as they open a four-game set with Texas on Thursday night.

Boston leads the majors with 481 runs - 28 more than the Rangers, who rank third on the strength of productive seasons by All-Stars Josh Hamilton and Vladimir Guerrero. Hamilton is challenging for a batting title with a .346 average, while Guerrero is second in the majors with 75 RBIs.

The powerful lineups could create problems for both of Thursday's starting pitchers - especially Boston's Tim Wakefield, who has gone 2-5 with a 5.96 ERA in his last eight starts.
Wakefield (3-7, 5.22 ERA) also has a 6.09 ERA in 34 outings versus Texas, and Guerrero has gone 10 for 23 with five homers and 10 walks against him.

Really this would be an exciting match for Red sox and Rangers fans.

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