Cleveland Guardians vs. Texas Rangers September 25 Betting Preview

Cleveland Guardians vs. Texas Rangers September 25 Betting Preview

Cole Paganelli
1 year ago
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Texas Rangers' Josh Jung slides into third base vs. Cleveland Guardians

After taking the first two games of the series, the Cleveland Guardians (85-67) will look to sweep the Texas Rangers (65-86). The Rangers will host this one at Globe Life Park with first pitch scheduled for 2:35 p.m.

On Saturday, the Guardians took the second game 4-2. Cal Quantrill picked up the win after giving up just a single run in six innings of work. Oscar Gonzalez hit two home runs in the win, while Andres Gimenez hit his 17th home run.

For the Rangers, Brock Burke picked up the loss Saturday in relief after giving up two runs in 2.1 innings. Offensively, Marcus Semien hit his 24th home run of the season.

The Guardians are the favorite in the finale despite playing on the road. They are (-137) to win, while the Rangers’ moneyline sits at (+118). The runline features Texas +1.5 (-157), and the over/under for total runs is eight.

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Guardians Try To Clinch The AL Central

Coming into play on Sunday, the Cleveland Guardians magic number is down to just one game. With a Guardians’ win or a loss by the White Sox, Cleveland will secure their first AL Central title since 2018.

Obviously, the Guardians want to take care of their own business and finish off the sweep Sunday to earn the division crown. To do so, they will look to Aaron Civale on the mound to get the job done. In 17 games this season, he is 2-6 with a 5.29 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and he has 77 strikeouts in 80 innings.

In his last start, Civale took a no-decision against the White Sox after giving up two earned runs on four hits over five innings of work.

This will be the first time that any Guardians’ slugger has faced the Rangers’ Cole Ragans, but Jose Ramirez has been the team’s most productive player against southpaws. In 141 at bats versus lefties, he is hitting .241/.323/.433 with six home runs and 26 runs batted in.

Rangers Trying To Finish Strong

At 65-86, the Texas Rangers sit in fourth in the AL West, 34 games behind the Houston Astros. In what has been an extremely disappointing season, the Rangers are just trying to give some optimism to fans as the season draws to a close.

Trying to pick up their 33rd home win on Sunday will be lefty Cole Ragans. In seven starts, the 24-year-old is 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, and has 22 strikeouts in 30 innings of work.

In his last start, he gave up two earned runs on seven hits over 4.2 innings. He struck out five in that contest versus the Los Angeles Angels.

At the dish, Corey Seager and Adolis Garcia have been the most productive players for Texas. Seager is hitting .247/.320/.461 with a team-leading 32 home runs. For Garcia, he is hitting .253/.304/.458 with 25 home runs and a team-leading 95 runs batted in.

Guardians Can Close It Out

Having won nine of their last 10 games, the Cleveland Guardians are the hottest team in baseball right now. Having won five of their last six, they have also played well against the Rangers (including going 4-1 in their last five at Globe Life Park).

For Texas, they are just 2-5 in their last seven overall and just 4-10 in their last 14 at home.

Aaron Civale has certainly had his struggles this season, but if he can minimize the damage by Rangers’ hitters, the Guardians could have a great opportunity at both clinching the AL Central and sweeping the series.

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