Weather, Umpire Moving Tonight’s Rangers-White Sox Total
Texas Rangers starting pitcher Matt Moore Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
- Tonight’s Texas Rangers-Chicago White Sox line was not posted at Pinnacle until 9:50 a.m. ET today
- Bettors immediately moved the opening total of 10 down to 9.5.
- The combination of tonight’s weather forecast and the home plate umpire are likely behind the early onslaught of under money.
The line for tonight’s Rangers-White Sox game remained off the board at Pinnacle until earlier this morning as oddsmakers waited out Texas’ game of musical starters.
Cole Hamels was originally slated to pitch Thursday’s game before being scratched due to neck stiffness. Matt Moore got bumped up to make tonight’s start as Hamels could be heading to the disabled list.
Around 9:50 a.m. ET, Pinnacle finally opened this game with a total of 10 runs, and savvy bettors quickly jumped on the under. In early betting, 60% of over/under tickets and an incredible 97% of dollars wagered have taken the under, driving the total down to 9.5.
Why were bettors so quick to pound this opener? According to Sports Insights’ MLB weather page, a steady 12-13 mph wind blowing in from left field is expected throughout tonight’s game.
In addition, D.J. Reyburn, one of the best under umpires in our Bet Labs database, will be working tonight’s game. Fifty-six percent of Reyburn’s games have gone under the closing total, resulting in a nice $1,947 profit and +8.7% return on investment for someone betting $100 on each.
Now that the rest of the betting market has opened this game, we recommending visiting The Action Network’s MLB odds page for updates throughout the day.