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Texas Rangers vs. Cleveland Guardians June 6 Betting Preview
Monday night will start an American League battle between the west and central as the Texas Rangers (25-28) take on the Cleveland Guardians (24-25). The Guardians will host this one at Progressive Field with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 p.m.
In their last series, the Rangers lost two of three to the Seattle Mariners including a 6-5 loss on Sunday.
For Cleveland, they took the rubber match with the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday as they won 3-2. Zach Plesac picked up the win, allowing two runs in six innings and struck out eight.
Andres Gimenez picked up his seventh home run of the season, driving in three in the first inning to account for all of their runs.
The Guardians are the slight favorite playing at home. They are -114 to win while the Rangers moneyline sits at +104. The runline features Texas +1.5 (-195), and the over/under for total runs is 8.5.
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In the opener, the Rangers will turn to veteran righty Jon Gray. This season, Gray is 1-4 with a 4.83 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and he has 44 strikeouts in just 41 innings of work.
The Guardians will counter with righty Cal Quantrill. In nine starts, he is 2-3 with a 3.52 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and he has 33 strikeouts in 53.2 innings of work. He picked up the win in his last outing, going 6.1 innings and allowing three runs in a win over the Royals.
Rangers Trying To Stay Relevant In AL West
At 25-28, the Texas Rangers currently sit third in the AL West. Even though they are 9.5 games back of the Astros, they actually sit just a game back of the second-place Angels. On Monday, they will try to improve on their 12-12 road record to take the opener.
Leading the Rangers offense is shortstop Corey Seager and outfielder Adolis Garcia. For Seager, he is hitting .232/.299/.424 with a team-leading 11 home runs in his first year with the club. He also has 25 runs batted in and 26 runs scored.
For Garcia, he is hitting .229/.266/.448 with 10 home runs and a team-leading 36 runs batted in and 29 runs scored.
While the Rangers have the ninth-most home runs (64) in MLB, they rank 22nd in runs batted in at just 211.
Guardians Try To Keep Rolling
Having won back-to-back series over the Royals and Orioles, the Cleveland Guardians will look to keep rolling as they welcome in the Rangers starting on Monday. Having won six of their last 10, the Guardians sit in second place in the AL Central, just 4.5 games back of the first-place Minnesota Twins.
Part of the success of the Guardians has been an offense that ranks ninth in baseball averaging 4.63 runs per game.
While the dominance of Jose Ramirez has continued, there have been other key contributors for the Guardians this season including Andres Gimenez (.307 avg., seven home runs), Josh Naylor (.277 avg., six home runs), and Owen Miller (.275 avg, 24 runs batted in, 28 runs scored).
For most Guardians hitters, this will be their first time facing Jon Gray. Austin Hedges has the most experience as he is hitting .250 in 20 at bats against him. Other than that, hitters are just a combined one for 10 against the righty.
Guardians Look Forward To Home Field Advantage
This will be the fourth consecutive series where the Guardians square off against a team with a sub-.500 winning percentage. Having won the series against the last two, the Guardians hope to make it three in a row to start the week.
In their last five home games against the Rangers, the Guardians have gone 4-1, and they are 5-1 in their last six games overall.
If Cal Quantrill can limit the Rangers offense, the Guardians hitters should be able to put pressure on Jon Gray. Currently 11-8 at Progressive Field this season, Cleveland should have a good opportunity at adding another one to the win column in the opener.
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