Date: Friday, October 5th, 8:37 ET
Location: Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Arlington ,TX
MLB Betting Odds: Texas -200
MLB Playoffs On TV: TBS
Our 2012 MLB playoffs picks continue on Friday night in Arlington, where the Texas Rangers battle it out with the Baltimore Orioles. The winner of this game will take on the New York Yankees in the first full round of the playoffs in the American League Divisional Series. Join us for our MLB predictions for what should be a remarkable game.
After hours and hours of contemplation, Manager Buck Showalter has decided to give the baseball over to Joe Saunders on Friday for his team’s do or die game. There was a level of doubt, and Steve Johnson could have been the man to get the call as well. There was never a doubt for the Rangers as to who was pitching in this game, as it was going to be Yu Darvish who started the playoffs one way or the other.
Seemingly, this is a huge mismatch. Darvish led the team to 19 wins against just 10 losses in his first year in the majors here in America, and this is going to be the biggest start of his young American career. Saunders meanwhile, was traded during the season from Arizona to Baltimore, and the truth of the matter is that he wasn’t all that great for the O’s. In fact, he was one of the few pitchers that just didn’t perform all that well down the stretch of the year. The lineup too, seems to be a major mismatch as well, as the Rangers have a lineup that has proven to be remarkable here in the second season. Meanwhile, Baltimore’s batters just don’t have that type of experience, and save for Adam Jones, there aren’t all that many men that you can name that are going to be in the fold.
What isn’t deniable is the fact that the Orioles were really the feel good team in baseball this year. They won seemingly every single one-run game that they played, and they went a whopping 16-2 in extra innings duels. However, this isn’t the small time anymore. There is a point that the better team just has to prevail, and it is clear that the Rangers are the better of these two teams. Stick with the hosts in this one, though we recognize that it is a costly price to have to pay in terms of vig.
Baltimore Orioles @ Texas Rangers Pick: Texas Rangers -200