MLB Preview: Texas Rangers at Atlanta Braves
Texas Rangers +105
Atlanta Braves -115
Total 8 o -110
The Texas Rangers and the Atlanta Braves continue their interleague matchup this afternoon with Game 2 of a three-game set at Turner Field. The first pitch is set for 4:10 p.m. (ET) and the game will be broadcast nationally on FOX.
Texas took advantage of an unexpected pitching change to pound out a 6-2 win as 103 road favorite in Friday’s Game 1. The win snapped a five-game losing streak and moved the Rangers to 37-34; a half a game ahead of Seattle in the AL West. They are 20-13 at home, but just 17-21 on the road.
The six runs scored on Friday has to be a welcomed sight after Texas only managed to score a total of 12 runs during its recent skid. The Rangers are ranked fourth in the American League in runs scored with 329. Texas will send Matt Harrison to the mound. The left-hander is 5-6 with a 3.31 ERA in 12 previous starts. His last time out he gave up just one earned run on five hits. He was hit in his throwing arm by a line drive in that game, but is expected to be ready to go in this one.
Atlanta had to go with a rookie pitcher, Randall Delgado in the series opener as Tommy Hansen was scratched due to a sore shoulder and paid the price with its fourth loss in its last five games. The Braves are now 39-32 overall and five games in back of Philadelphia in the NL East. They are 21-16 on the road and 18-16 at home.
You cannot pin everything on Delgado for Friday’s loss as the Braves’ run support has been less than stellar lately. They are now ranked 11th in the NL in scoring with a total of 275 runs. It is Derek Lowe’s turn in the rotation for Atlanta. He is going through a bit of a rough patch with a 0-2 record in his last five starts; giving up 16 earned runs. Lowe is 3-5 overall with a 4.02 ERA in 15 starts. Lifetime against the Rangers, he is 2-2 with an ERA of 2.00.
Head-to-head, the Rangers have now won three out of the last four games dating back to the 2008 season, but stick with Atlanta today as it generates enough offense to even this series at one game apiece.