Brewers vs Rangers Prediction - MLB Picks 8/18/23

Texas Rangers (72-49) vs Milwaukee Brewers (65-56)

Game Info: Friday, August 18, 2023 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Field)

Andrew Heaney (9-6) (4.17) vs Brandon Woodruff (2-1) (1.99)

Betting Odds: Texas Rangers -125 / Milwaukee Brewers +115 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Milwaukee Brewers and Texas Rangers face off on Friday in an MLB showdown at Globe Life Field. 

Woodruff Continues to Impress

Brandon Woodruff has made two starts since coming back from injury and he has looked good in each of the starts. Woodruff faced off against the Chicago White Sox in his last start and he went 6.1 innings giving up four hits and two runs. The Brewers are averaging 4.27 runs while their pitching is giving up 4.3 runs per game. The offense is ranked 22nd while the pitching is ranked 11th. On Wednesday the Brewers offense only scored a run against the Dodgers, and they need to find a way to get the offense going here. On Thursday it wasn’t any better as the Brewers failed to score any runs.

Brewers Betting Trends 

  • The Brewers have lost each of their last six games against teams that held a winning record.
  • The Brewers have covered the run line in each of their last 11 Friday night games as road underdogs against American League opponents.
  • The Brewers have led after 7 innings in three of their last four games as road underdogs against AL West opponents.
  • The Brewers have led after 3 innings in each of their last three games as road underdogs against American League opponents.
  • The Brewers have led after 5 innings in four of their last five games as underdogs against American League opponents.

Rangers Offense Looks to Bounce Back

The Rangers sit with a 72-49 record overall but they are looking for their offense to bounce back here. On Wednesday against the Los Angeles Angels, the Rangers offense didn’t score any runs and that led to the 2-0 defeat. In the two previous games they scored 19 runs total and they need that offense to come back here. The Rangers are averaging 5.71 runs while their pitching is giving up 4.09 runs per game. The offense is ranked 2nd in the league while the pitching is ranked 6th. Adolis Garcia has hit 30 home runs and driven in 91 RBIs so far this season. 

Rangers Betting Trends

  • The Rangers have won nine of their last 10 home games.
  • The Rangers have covered the run line in each of their last four night games against NL Central opponents following a home loss.
  • The Rangers have led after 7 innings in each of their last four games at Globe Life Field against opponents that held a winning record.
  • The Rangers have led after 5 innings in each of their last four games at Globe Life Field against National League opponents that held a winning record.
  • The 'Inning 1 UNDER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Rangers' last three games as favorites against National League opponents.

Brewers vs Rangers Facts

  • The Texas Rangers ranks 2nd in the league for runs scored this season (691).
  • The Texas Rangers ranks 2nd in the league for RBI's this season (661).
  • The Milwaukee Brewers ranks 28th in the league for hits this season (934).
  • The Milwaukee Brewers ranks 28th in the league for batting average this season (.232).

Shane’s Free Pick

Woodruff looked good in his last start, and the Rangers are coming off a game where their bats really struggled. The Rangers are going to score a run or two here, but Woodruff is going to really limit them. I also don’t trust the Brewers offense, and that is going to be the difference as this game is going to be lower scoring. Back the under to cash here.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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