MLB Preview – Texas Rangers at Atlanta Braves
Texas Rangers -114
Atlanta Braves +104
9.5 o -100
The Texas Rangers take on the Atlanta Braves tonight at Turner Field in the first of a of a three-game weekend set to kick-off the second round of interleague play. Game time is set for 7:35 p.m. and it will be broadcast nationally on the MLB Network.
Texas comes into this series reeling a bit after losing five straight games including a three-game sweep at the hands of the Yankees. The Rangers are just 2-8 in their last 10 games and just a half a game ahead of Seattle in the AL West. They are 36-34 overall; 20-13 at home, but just 16-21 on the road.
The Ranger’s offense has basically ground to a halt during this five-game skid with just 12 combined runs after scoring an average of 4.8 runs this season. Colby Lewis will get the start for Texas in this one. He is 5-7 with a 4.97 ERA in 13 previous starts. Last time out he was hammered in a loss to Minnesota; giving up six runs on seven hits in less than two innings of work.
Atlanta avoided a sweep with a dramatic 9-8 victory in extra innings over the Mets last night as a 133 home favorite. The win pushed the Braves to 39-31 on the year, but they remain five games in back of the red-hot Phillies in the NL East. They are 21-16 on the road and 18-15 at home.
Tommy Hanson was scheduled to get the start tonight but has been scratched in favor of Randall Delgado due to a sore shoulder. Delgado will be making his Major League debut after pitching for the Braves’ Double-A team in Mississippi. This change has obviously had a dramatic impact on the opening money line for this game, so be sure to track this line as the day progresses.
Head-to-head, these two teams last met in 2008 with the Rangers winning two of three at home. This time around bet the farm on Texas to take full advantage of Delgado’s inexperience to pound out a win in a game that goes ‘over’ the total.
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