Boston Red Sox vs Texas Rangers – 5/28/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions
The MLB schedule for Thursday may be light but baseball draft managers can find some value from the prime time game between the Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers. One Day League fantasy players can follow their rosters on MLB Network at 8PM Eastern Time originating from Texas.
The Texas Rangers return home from a nine game road trip with a very good 7-2 record. They won each series at the Yankees, Red Sox and Indians as they combined good pitching with solid hitting and run support. They have moved to the top ten in the league in runs scored and home runs. The pitching staff still needs to improve on base runners allowed as the club ranks 28th in all of baseball with a WHIP of 1.37. Several rotation starters pegged for the Rangers this year are sitting on the DL. A total of six Texas starters are shut down right now so they had to scramble for a patch work replacements.
Boston Red Sox opened up their seven game road trip by getting swept at Minnesota. The offense has been quiet as the club pushed across a mere seven runs on the Twins pitching staff in those three games. The team ranks in the bottom third in Major League Baseball in several key hitting and pitching categories which has led the Red Sox to the bottom of the AL East division. Boston is very lucky that their division is weak so there is still time for the team to get back into contention as they sit just four games in the loss column behind the first place New York Yankees.
Boston Red Sox 2B: Dustin Pedroia leads the Red Sox everyday players with a batting average of .290 on the year. He has hit 7 homers with 21 RBIs. He enters play on Thursday on a seven game win streak and with two hits on Thursday Pedroia has three multiple hit games in that span.
Boston Red Sox SS: Xander Bogaerts is batting .268 and has two homers and 15 RBIs for the club. Bogaerts gives MLB mock draft managers very few extra base hits as his slugging percentage is just .376. He went 0-12 against Minnesota in the three games.
Boston Red Sox 3B: Pablo Sandoval was acquired as a free agent from San Francisco in the offseason. The seven year pro is batting .265 with five homers and 17 RBIs. Sandoval has hit a slump for May as he is batting just .214 and has just one extra base hit in his past ten games.
Boston Red Sox CF: Brock Holt is getting playing time based on a .305 batting average. He has ten extra base hits so his slugging percentage of .442. He has hits in four straight and had two hits at Minnesota on Wednesday.
Boston Red Sox P: Steven Wright gets the call for Boston in the opener. He has appeared in four games with two starts and has an ERA of 3.68 with WHIP of 1.32. He is coming off a home win against the Angels as he got an out in the seventh innings before being lifted by allowing two earned runs.
Texas Rangers DH: Prince Fielder has bounced back well from his neck injury in 2014. He leads the Rangers with a .368 batting average with 10 homers and 38 RBIs. His slugging percentage is .589. Fielder is on fire with four three hit games in four of his past five games. He has seven extra base hits in his past ten games.
Texas Rangers 3B: Adrian Beltre for the Rangers with six homers and 16 RBIs. He enters play with a five game win streak. Beltre has had a good month of May as he is batting .308.
Texas Rangers SS: Elvis Andrus is batting .245 for the Rangers with 2 homers and 17 RBIs. He is coming off a nice series against the Indians going 5 for 10 in the three game series.
Texas Rangers P: Nick Martinez is on the mound for the Rangers. He leads the staff with an ERA of 1.96 on the year. Martinez has allowed two earned runs or fewer in eight of ten games.
Fantasy League MLB Real Money Tips
P: Nick Martinez (Rangers)
CF: Brock Holt (Red Sox)
DH: Prince Fielder (Rangers)
3B: Adrian Beltre (Rangers)
1B: Mitch Moreland (Rangers)
2B: Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox)