San Francisco Giants (62-53) vs Texas Rangers (68-47)
Game Info: Friday, August 11, 2023 at 10:15 pm (Oracle Park)
Scott Alexander (4-2) (4.01) vs Jon Gray (7-5) (3.72)
Betting Odds: San Francisco Giants -110 / Texas Rangers -109 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Texas Rangers will remain in the Bay and face the San Francisco Giants in interleague play this weekend from Oracle Park on Apple TV.
Rangers Preview & Projected Starter
Texas moved to 68-47 after taking two of three from Oakland. The Rangers were surprisingly shut out in the series finale at the Coliseum by the A’s, and they’ll look to end this trip to the Bay Area strong this weekend. The Texas offense is scoring 4.88 runs per game, while batting .272, with a .341 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 3.77 ERA, with a 1.20 WHIP.
Jon Gray (7-5, 3.72 ERA, 95 Ks) will take the mound for Texas. The ninth-year pitcher managed to open August with a victory, despite allowing three runs in 5.1 innings to Miami last time out. Gray earned his first win since the beginning of June, as he’s watched his hot start melt with the summer sun, and been on the hook for four or more runs in six of his last eight starts. Gray will attempt to turn things around here and replicate his previous start in the Bay, albeit versus Oakland, where he tossed eight scoreless frames en route to a Rangers victory.
Rangers Player Trends & Props
• Corey Seager has homered in four of the six games since returning from injury, and he leads Texas in batting (.353), with nineteen homers and 66 RBI.
• Marcus Semien has collected a hit in eight of the last ten games, and he leads the team in hits (132) and runs (93), with strong splits of .278/18/72.
• Nathaniel Lowe has totaled multiple bases in three of the previous five games, and he’s posting a nice line of .280/13/62.
• Adolis Garcia has recorded a hit in seven of the last ten games, and he leads the Rangers in home runs (29) and RBI (89).
Giants Preview & Projected Starter
San Francisco comes in at 62-53 after losing to Los Angeles. The Giants were held in check by the Halos pitching staff on Wednesday, and they’ll look to avoid a third straight series loss this weekend. The San Francisco offense is scoring 4.81 runs per game, while batting .250, with a .326 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 3.89 ERA, with a 1.29 WHIP.
Scott Alexander (6-2, 4.01 ERA, 15 Ks) will open the game for San Francisco. The left-handed specialist was roughed up by the Angels in his last appearance, giving up three runs while failing to record an out, and dropping his second game of the season. Walker has been strong in his role aside from that outlier spot in Anaheim, and he’ll look to put that behind him here.
Giants Player Trends & Props
• J.D Davis homered in the lone victory this week against the Angels, and he leads SFG in hits (91) and home runs (15), with 55 RBI.
• Wilmer Flores plated four runs in the game two loss, and after collecting multiple hits in four of the last six games, and he’s posting team-leading splits of .307/15/39.
• Mike Conforto doubled in the game three defeat, and he’s tallied thirteen homers and 52 runs batted in for the season.
Corey’s Free Pick
San Francisco struggled in road trips to Oakland and Anaheim this week, and now they’ll have to deal with arguably the best offense in the league. Jon Gray’s recent struggles may cloud things for Texas here in this pick ‘em spot, but they’ve got a superior advantage at the plate, and I’m comfortable leaning on that here in game one. The total is low for a Rangers game, so give that look as well, but back the visiting team here for this interleague matchup.