The Texas Rangers (68-47) and San Francisco Giants (62-53) Game 3 opens Friday at Oracle Park. First pitch is scheduled for 10:15 p.m. ET (Apple TV+). Let’s analyze BetMGM Sportsbook’s lines around it. Rangers vs. Giants odds and make our expert MLB picks and predictions for the best bets.
Series Season: First meeting since the Giants won the 2021 series 3-1.
The Rangers have an eight-game winning streak, losing 2-0 to the -229 favorite at the Oakland Athletics Wednesday. Texas has a 2½-game lead over the No. 2 Houston Astros in the AL West.
The Giants lost 4-1 as a +127 underdog at the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday. San Francisco has lost 4 of its last 5 games and trails the Los Angeles Dodgers, who lead the division by 6½ games in the NL West.
The Rangers that the Giants shone their appetite.
hospital Jon Gray vs. LHP Scott Alexander
Gray (7-5, 3.72 ERA) is starting 21. He has a 1.24 WHIP, 3.1 BB/9 and 7.5 K/9 in 113 2/3 innings.
- Last Start: Won 5 1/3 IP, 5 R (3 ER), 6 H, 2 BB, 6 K in a 9-8 home victory against the Miami Marlins Saturday.
- 2023 road stats: 4-2, 3.14 ERA (51 2/3 IP, 18 ER) in 9 starts.
- Career vs. Giants: 2-8, 5.96 ERA (77 IP, 51 ER) in 16 starts — last facing San Francisco in 2021.
Alexander (6-2, 4.01 ERA) made his sixth start and 41st appearance. He has a 1.16 WHIP, 1.9 BB/9 and a 4.8 K/9 in 33 2/3 innings.
- Last Start: Losing 0 IP, 3 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 0 K as the opener in a 7-5 loss at Angels Tuesday.
- 2023 home stats: 4-0, 3.21 ERA (14 IP, 5 ER) in 2 starts and 14 relief.
- Career vs. Rangers: 1-0, 1.17 ERA (7 2/3 IP, 1 ER) in 6 relief appearances — last facing Texas in 2020.
Rangers at Giants Bargain
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- Moneyline (ml.): Rangers -115 ($115 bet to win $100) | Giants -105 ($105 bet to win $100)
- Running line (RL)/Anti-spread (ATS): Ranger -1.5 (+145) | Giant +1.5 (-175)
- Over/Under (O/U): 8.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)
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Rangers that the Giants picked and predicted.
Rangers 4, Giants 2
San Francisco, just 16-21 this season against AL Texas (-115), should win, but there’s no need to pay a higher price on the moneyline when the Rangers should win by multiple runs.
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Texas should return after an 8-game winning streak last time out. The Rangers are 29-17 this season after losing and 9-5 after a day of rest.
San Francisco has been playing lower than expected recently, and the last 3 losses have come from multiple runs.
Bet Rangers -1.5 (+145).
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The Under is 22-15 (59.5%) this season when the Giants face an AL team and 29-21-2 (58%) when San Francisco is undefeated.
The Under hit four games in a row for the Rangers and that streak should continue on Friday at Oracle Park.
Bet Under 8.5 (-110).
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