Rangers vs Pirates Prediction - MLB Picks 5/23/23

Pittsburgh Pirates (25-22) vs Texas Rangers (29-18)

Game Info: Tuesday, May 23, 2023 at 6:35 pm (PNC Park)

Rich Hill (4-3) (3.80) vs Nathan Eovaldi (5-2) (2.83)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Pirates +140 / Texas Rangers -170 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Texas Rangers will play the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 2 of their series on Tuesday night at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Rangers Preview

The Texas Rangers are 29-18 this season and they have won three of their last four games. Prior to losing the first game in this series, Texas won all three games in their series against Colorado. The Texas pitching staff has a 3.87 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP, and a .237 opponent batting average this year. The Rangers offense has scored 301 runs with a .271 batting average and a .341 on base percentage. Adolis Garcia is batting .250 with 14 home runs and 49 RBI’s for the Rangers. The projected starting pitcher for Texas is Nathan Eovaldi, who is 5-2 with a 2.83 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP over 60.1 innings pitched this season.

Pirates Preview

The Pittsburgh Pirates are 25-22 this season and they have lost two of their last three games. Pittsburgh won the first game in this series by a score of 6-4 on Monday. The Pittsburgh pitching staff has a 3.73 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP, and a .241 opponent batting average. The Pirates offense has scored 209 runs with a .245 batting average and a .325 on base percentage this season. Bryan Reynolds is batting .287 with six home runs and 27 RBI’s for the Pirates. The projected starting pitcher for Pittsburgh is Rich Hill, who is 4-3 with a 3.80 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP over 47.1 innings pitched this year. 

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Texas is 4-2 in their last 6 games and 1-6 in their last 7 games against the NL Central. The over is 7-0-1 in Texas’ last 8 games. Pittsburgh is 17-39 in their last 56 game two’s of a series and 0-4 in their last 4 Tuesday games. The over is 5-2 in Pittsburgh’s last 7 game two’s of a series. The over is 15-6 in these two teams last 21 head to head meetings.


The Pirates have not played very well over the last few weeks, but they were able to get the win in Game 1 on Monday night. Texas has played great this season and has one of the highest scoring offenses in baseball. Texas is starting Nathan Eovaldi, who has allowed three earned runs over his last 32.2 innings pitched. Pittsburgh is starting Rich Hill, who has allowed two earned runs or fewer in four of his last five starts. Both of these pitchers have been very good recently and I think we are going to see a lower scoring game here. I like the under. 

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