Texas Rangers vs Atlanta Braves Prediction MLB Picks 4/19/24

Atlanta Braves (12-5) vs Texas Rangers (11-9)

Game Info: Friday, April 19, 2024 at 7:20 pm (Truist Park)

Chris Sale (1-1) (4.58) vs Andrew Heaney (0-2) (6.75)

Betting Odds: Atlanta Braves -175 / Texas Rangers +148 --- Over/Under: 9.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Atlanta Braves will host the Texas Rangers for their interleague series opener this Friday from Truist Park. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Rangers vs Braves Prediction.

Texas Rangers Preview

Texas enters at 11-9 after defeating Detroit, 9-7. The Rangers came thru down the stretch to leave the Motor City with three victories, and they’ll seek similar success down in ATL this weekend. Texas is batting .258, while scoring 4.70 runs per game, with a team ERA of 3.80.

Projected Starter

Andrew Heaney (0-2, 6.75 ERA, 10 K) will take the mound for Texas. The tenth-year pitcher had another short outing in Houston last time out, only going 3.2 innings, while allowing a pair of runs. Heaney was roughed up by the Astros in consecutive starts, and business may pick up for him again here in Atlanta. 

Texas’ Player Props

  • Adolis Garcia has totaled multiple bases in the final two games in Detroit, and he recorded at least one RBI in each of his last seven Friday night appearances against AL West teams that held a losing record.
  • Marcus Semien has recorded at least one Single in 10 of the Rangers' last 11 road games against the Astros.
  • Jared Walsh has recorded at least one hit in each of his seven previous road appearances against opponents that held a losing record.
  • Ozzie Albies has recorded at least one total base in 21 of his last 22 home appearances after not playing the previous day.

Atlanta Braves Preview

Atlanta enters at 12-5 after defeating Houston, 5-4. The Braves stole game three in extras to sweep the Astros, and they’ll look to double down on the Lone Star State here against the Rangers. Atlanta is batting .294, while scoring 4.2 runs per game, with a team ERA of 6.35.

Projected Starter

Chris Sale (1-1, 4.58 ERA, 20 K) will make the start for Atlanta. The former longtime Sox pitcher managed to go seven innings in Miami last time out, but he allowed five runs en route to a losing decision. Sale has been solid for the Braves early on, and he’ll look to avenge his first defeat of the season here versus the Rangers.   

Atlanta’s Player Props

  • Marcell Ozuna has recorded at least one hit in each of the Braves' last 13 games as favorites.
  • Matt Olson has recorded at least one RBI in each of the Braves' last six games against AL West opponents at Truist Park.
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. ranks T1st in the league in Steals (7) this season.

Texas’ Team Facts

  • The 'Inning 1 UNDER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Rangers' last six night games against National League opponents.

Atlanta’s Team Facts 

  • The Braves have led after 3 innings in each of their last five night games.
  • The Braves have won each of their last six night games at Truist Park after going to extra innings.

Rangers vs Braves Prediction

Atlanta flexed their way through Houston, and I like trusting their momentum into a second battle of World Series champs here at home with Texas. The Rangers will be sending a shaky Andrew Heaney to the mound, and while he is capable of the random gem every now and then, he’ll face a stiff test here with the Braves’ bats returning to ATL. Another sturdy outing from Chris Sale with a solid offensive showing should lead to another interleague victory for Atlanta, so let’s roll with them Friday night.

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

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