Texas Rangers vs Atlanta Braves Prediction MLB Picks 4/20/24

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

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

Charlie Morton (1-0) (5.29) vs Nathan Eovaldi (1-1) (2.92)

Betting Odds: Atlanta Braves -154 / Texas Rangers +129 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Texas Rangers and the Atlanta Braves meet Saturday in MLB action from Truist Park. Here’s a Rangers vs Braves prediction. This will be the second installment in a three-game weekend series. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for the game. We will examine:

• The Texas Rangers recent form and player performance

• The Atlanta Braves recent form and player performance

• Recent betting trends and streaks involving the Texas Rangers

• Recent betting trends and streaks involving the Atlanta Braves

• Recent betting trends in games played between the Rangers and Braves

• A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for the Rangers vs Braves game

Texas Rangers Betting Preview

The Rangers played the Detroit Tigers this week and did pretty well. Texas won three of those four games. On Friday versus Atlanta, the Rangers had the game tied briefly at 3-3 but ended falling 8-3 after five unanswered runs. Jacob Latz had a rough relief appearance with 0.2 frames, four earned, two hits and two walks.

For the starting pitcher role on Saturday the Rangers will send out Nathan Eovaldi. In his four starts this year Eovaldi is 1-1 with a 2.92 ERA and 22 Ks in 24.2 frames. Eovaldi is 80-74 with a 4.08 ERA in 269 career games (250 starts).

Atlanta Braves Betting Preview

Over on the Braves’ side, they took on the Houston Astros in their last series and posted a three-game sweep with wins 6-1, 6-2 and 5-4. On Friday the Braves scored four runs in the sixth inning alone. Starter Chris Sale put up three earned on five hits and a walk through 7.0 frames.

It’ll be Charlie Morton in the starting pitcher role for the Braves on Saturday. This year over his three starts Morton is 1-0 with a 5.29 ERA and 18 strikeouts over 17.0 innings. Morton is 131-113 with a 4.01 ERA in 356 career games (355 starts).

Atlanta Braves Player Prop Facts

  • Ronald Acuna Jr. has hit a home run in three of the Braves' last four games against the Rangers.
  • Marcell Ozuna has recorded at least one RBI in eight of the Braves' last nine night games.
  • Marcell Ozuna has scored at least one run in eight of the Braves' last nine games against AL opponents.
  • Charlie Morton has recorded seven or more strikeouts in seven of his last eight home appearances against AL opponents.
  • Marcell Ozuna has recorded at least one hit in each of the Braves' last 17 games as favorites.
  • Charlie Morton has recorded a win in three of his last four home appearances against AL opponents.
  • Marcell Ozuna has recorded at least one Single in each of the Braves' last eight night games.
  • Ozzie Albies has recorded at least one total base in each of his last eight appearances with the Braves as favorites.
  • Austin Riley has recorded a Double in three of the Braves' last four games as favorites against AL West opponents.
  • Marcell Ozuna ranks T1st in the league in Home Runs (8) this season.

Texas Rangers Player Prop Facts

  • Marcus Semien has hit a home run in each of the Rangers' last three road games against NL opponents.
  • Marcus Semien has recorded at least one RBI in seven of the Rangers' last eight games against opponents that held a winning record.
  • Marcus Semien has recorded two or more total bases in each of the Rangers' last six games as underdogs against NL opponents.
  • Nathan Eovaldi has recorded six or more strikeouts in seven of his last nine road appearances against the Braves.
  • Marcus Semien has scored at least one run in each of the Rangers' last six games against NL East opponents that held a winning record.
  • Marcus Semien has recorded at least one Single in nine of the Rangers' last 10 night games against opponents that held a winning record.
  • Nathan Eovaldi has recorded a win in each of his last four road appearances against opponents that held a winning record.
  • Nathaniel Lowe has recorded at least one hit in each of his last eight road appearances against NL opponents.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Atlanta Braves rank 1st in the league for doubles this season (51).
  • The Atlanta Braves rank 1st in the league for batting average this season (.290).
  • The Texas Rangers rank 27th in the league for walks allowed this season (83).
  • The Texas Rangers rank T5th in the league for doubles this season (36).

Rangers vs Braves Prediction

I might take a stab on the Rangers here. Both starters need good bounce-back efforts though, so it’s tough knowing what will happen in the early-going. Eovaldi posted five earned in 6.0 innings during his last start against the Astros on April 14. He’d been pitching well prior to that, however. As for Morton, he’s struggled in his last pair with a combined 10 earned runs in 11.1 innings. Morton didn’t record losses in either of those matchups, though.

On Friday the Rangers couldn’t stop Travis d’Arnaud, who posted a whopping six RBI on three homers in the Braves’ victory. Texas had a few bumpy pitching performances (specifically from Latz), and the offense couldn’t do much on six team hits. They’ll need a better effort all around in game two but I think the Rangers have a shot.

Andrew’s Pick Texas Rangers +129

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