While Rangers vs. Orioles ALDS odds at some sportsbooks have Baltimore a slight favorite ahead of Saturday’s series opener, the series is priced as a virtual coin flip at other betting shops. Per the Game 1 betting line, the Orioles are solid favorites at home to take the early series lead.
While the Orioles have had a few days off, the Rangers had to win a wild-card series to get the opportunity to play Baltimore. The Rangers pulled off a sweep against a strong Tampa Bay Rays team. The Rangers’ pitching in the series was excellent, giving up only one run through two games.
With this ALDS not starting until Saturday, the Rangers have time for their rotation to almost reset. Jordan Montgomery pitched the Rangers’ playoff opener and will be on full rest by Game 2 of the series. With Baltimore having their entire rotation rested, the Orioles have the option to go in any direction they choose to start the series.
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Game 1 betting lines and series price for Rangers vs. Orioles ALDS
The ALDS Game 1 line has the Orioles, the AL’s regular-season wins leader, priced as the favorite at home, with the Rangers available at .
Here are early series prices for top sports betting apps.
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Baltimore Orioles betting news
The Orioles coasted into the MLB Playoffs by securing the AL’s best regular-season record, dominating one of the best divisions in baseball, the AL East. The pitching was solid, but is definitely an area of concern for the Orioles in the playoffs. Baltimore does not have what anyone would call a front-of-rotation playoff ace.
Baltimore’s strength is in its offense and its lack of weak points. The O’s have seven players who have played at least 112 games and have batting averages of .255 or better. Simply put, there is not a weak part of the Orioles lineup that opposing pitchers can relax against.
One of the biggest concerns for the Orioles has to be the season-ending injury that Felix Bautista suffered a few weeks ago. Initially, there was hope that he may return, but any hope of that is long gone, as the closer requires Tommy John surgery. Baltimore has to lean on a different arm to close out games.
Projected Orioles pitching rotation
- Game 1: Kyle Bradish
- Game 2: Grayson Rodriguez
- Game 3: John Means
Texas Rangers betting news
Perhaps the biggest thing the Rangers can lean on coming into this series is momentum. The Rangers dominated Tampa Bay in their wild-card series. The team hit well, and the pitching was excellent.
The Texas lineup is dangerous as well, with some big names and big producers. Stars like Corey Seager, Adolis Garcia, and Marcus Semien lead the way but are also well-supported throughout the lineup with a strong supporting cast.
The Rangers also boast a strong bullpen and hope to get back one of those strong arms in Jonathan Hernandez, who was held out of the wildcard series. If the Rangers could get him back for their series with Baltimore, it would add to some other high-volume strikeout pitchers like Aroldis Chapman, Jose Leclerc, and Josh Sborz, who can power their way through tough pitching jams.
Projected Texas pitching rotation:
- Game 1: Dane Dunning
- Game 2: Jordan Montgomery
- Game 3: Nathan Eovaldi
Baltimore Orioles vs. Texas Rangers ALDS props
The Orioles vs. Rangers series sets up to be a competitive one. There are some interesting early prop lines at FanDuel Sportsbook for this MLB Playoff series.
AL Divisional Series Game 1 / Series Double Prop – TEX vs. BAL
- G1 BAL / Series BAL +135
- G1 TEX / Series TEX +210
- G1 BAL / Series TEX +380
- G1 TEX / Series BAL +550
AL Divisional Series Correct Score Prop – TEX vs. BAL
- Baltimore Orioles 3-0 +520
- Baltimore Orioles 3-1 +440
- Baltimore Orioles 3-2 +330
- Texas Rangers 3-0 +710
- Texas Rangers 3-1 +370
- Texas Rangers 3-2 +410
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Baltimore Orioles vs. Texas Rangers ALDS prediction: Orioles in 4
There is not a lot separating these two teams, but let’s highlight a few key factors coming into this series starting on Saturday. First, the Orioles have home-field advantage. While the Rangers may have momentum from winning their wild-card series, the Orioles will have their choice of how to handle their pitching rotation. The Rangers, barring pitching either on short rest, won’t have either of their top two starters available in Game 1 of the series.
Another factor that could play into the Orioles’ favor is October weather. Temperatures could dip into the high 40s in Baltimore over the weekend. It will be interesting to see how the Rangers handle potentially chilly weather as a team that’s accustomed to the Texas heat.
With these things in mind, we think that the Orioles will win Game 1, with the Rangers picking up a win in either Game 2 or 3, and Baltimore finishing it off in the fourth game of the series. With the Orioles getting to use their top starter, Kyle Bradish, in two games in this series, it is just hard to see Baltimore’s magical season ending in the ALDS.
— by Caleb Tallman