Boston Red Sox vs Texas Rangers – 5/20/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions
The Boston Red Sox are home after a 10 game road trip and they opened a series on early this week to face the Texas Rangers. Fantasy Draft managers can tune to ESPN at 7PM Eastern Time on Wednesday May 20th from Boston to follow their rosters from Game 2 of this series.
The Red Sox returned home from a 5-5 west coast trip trailing the first place New York Yankees by 3 ½ games. Looking as their team starts things could be a lot worse. Boston has had a lack of offensive production this year landing near the bottom of the league in team batting average of .234 and with just 4 runs per game average trending in the bottom third in the league. Their pitching staff has the 28th worse ERA of the 30 teams from Major League Baseball. After beating Texas 4-3 on Tuesday the team moves just 1 game under .500 with a record of 19-20.
The Texas Rangers with the loss fell to 16-23 and occupy fourth place in the AL West division. Rangers have lost four of five games. They too trend in the bottom third of the league in many offensive and pitching categories. Just like in 2014 the team has had bad luck with injuries as four rotational starters are sitting on long term DL status. They included Matt Harrison, Nick Tepesch, Derek Holland and Yu Darvish. The team had high hopes for Martin Perez but he was lost in spring training to Tommy John surgery. They did acquire Josh Hamilton from the LA Angels and the outfielder is battling a shoulder injury and should be ready by later in the month.
Texas Rangers DH: Prince Fielder is in his right position as a DH because he is a liability on defense. The 31 year old leads the Rangers everyday players with a .348 batting average with five homers and 23 RBIs. For the month of May he is batting .358. He sat out most of 2014 with a neck injury.
Texas Rangers 3B: Adrian Beltre has been a solid glove at third base for 17 years in the Majors. In 2015 he is batting .258 with five home runs and 15 RBI’s which is 26 points below is career mark. He has pulled his averaged up 30 points from May 9th as he has hits in nine of his past ten game with five multi-hit games in that span.
Texas Rangers RF: Shin Soo Choo has moved his average up to .240 with 6 homers and 17 RBIs. Choo was hitting as poorly as .169 on May 9th. He has hits in nine of ten games with six multi-hit games in that span including three games where he hit safely three times.
Texas Rangers P: Phil Klein a second year man makes his first start of his career. Klein in six relief appearances this year has an ERA of 7.71 and WHIP of 1.50 in 4 2/3rd innings pitched. He has a career 3.80 ERA with WHIP of 1.18.
Boston Red Sox 2B: No everyday .300 hitter in this lineup. Dustin Pedroia leads the team with a .280 batting average with five homers and 15 RBIs. He has multi-hit games in four of his past seven games. With 20 walks on the year he has an on base percentage of .364.
Boston Red Sox LF: Hanley Ramirez is batting .276 with 10 homers and 22 RBIs. He left Tuesday’s game with a jammed left leg and is listed as day to day.
Boston Red Sox SS: Xander Bogaaerts is carrying a .260 batting average with a homer and 12 RBIs. He has hits in four of five games but has just one extra base hit and RBI in his past ten games.
Boston Red Sox CF: Brock Holt a three year player is batting .307 with a homer and RBI. He has seen many starts the past ten games as the Red Sox hitters have been struggling.
Boston Red Sox P: Joe Kelly is coming off a good start on Thursday at Seattle where he gave up no earned runs and five hits in 6 1/3rd innings.
MLB Best Fantasy Draft Manager Picks
P: Joe Kelly (Red Sox)
3B: Adrian Beltre (Rangers)
RF: Shin Soo Choo (Rangers)
CF: Brock Holt (Red Sox)
DH: Prince Fielder (Rangers)
2B: Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox)