Washington Nationals vs Texas Rangers Prediction MLB Picks 5/2/24

Texas Rangers (16-14) vs Washington Nationals (14-15)

Game Info: Thursday, May 2, 2024 at 2:35 pm (Globe Life Field)

Nathan Eovaldi (1-2) (3.00) vs Mitchell Parker (2-0) (1.69)

Betting Odds: Texas Rangers -190 / Washington Nationals +174 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Washington Nationals and the Texas Rangers meet Thursday in MLB action from Globe Life Park. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Washington Nationals vs Texas Rangers Prediction.

Starting Pitching Matchup

The Washington Nationals will start Mitchell Parker here and is 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA and 14 strikeouts this season. This will be Parker’s first career start against Texas. The Texas Rangers will start Nathan Eovaldi here and Eovaldi is 1-2 with a 3.00 ERA and 36 strikeouts this season. In his career, Eovaldi is 3-5 with a 4.79 ERA and 52 strikeouts against Washington.

Washington Nationals Recap

The Washington Nationals come into this game looking to build on their 1-0 win over Texas in Wednesday’s matchup, forcing a rubber match in game three with the Nationals looking for back-to-back series wins after their four-game sweep of the Marlins over the weekend. Alex Call accounted for the lone RBI of the game in the 2nd inning and it was one of five hits for the Nationals, but the biggest of the game without question. The Nationals will play against the Blue Jays and Orioles after this series.

Nationals Picking Up Steam Behind Abrams

CJ Abrams leads the Nationals with 31 hits including 7 home runs and 17 RBIs with 5 doubles and 4 triples as well. Lane Thomas also has 10 RBIs and 11 stolen bases while Joey Gallo has 3 home runs, 5 doubles and a team-high 43 strikeouts. Trey Lipscomb has 4 stolen bases and Luis Garcia Jr. has a team-high 7 doubles and 5 stolen bases of his own. Jacob Young’s added 12 stolen bases and Jesse Winker also has 15 RBIs as well this season.

Washington Nationals Team Facts

  • The Nationals have lost each of their last six games against American League opponents following a road win.
  • The Nationals have covered the run line in 10 of their last 11 day games against AL West opponents.
  • The Nationals have led after 5 innings in each of their last five day games against American League opponents.
  • The Nationals have led after 3 innings in each of their last three games as underdogs against American League opponents.

Texas Rangers Recap

The Texas Rangers will be trying to rebound and win the series after losing on Wednesday to the Nationals, and will look to secure back-to-back series wins after knocking off the Cincinnati Reds over the weekend.

Rangers Looking To Rebound But Have The Bats To Do It

Marcus Semien leads the Rangers with 33 hits along with 7 doubles, 5 home runs and 20 RBIs while Adolis Garcia has a team-high 8 home runs and 25 RBIs with 7 doubles as well as 4 stolen bases. Evan Carter also has 5 home runs with 11 RBIs while Jonah Heim has 3 homers and 18 RBIs and Josh Smith has a team-high 9 doubles.

Texas Rangers Team Facts

  • The Rangers have won nine of their last 10 games against NL East opponents following a home loss.
  • The Rangers have failed to cover the run line in each of their last eight home games against National League opponents after playing the previous day.
  • The Rangers have led after 5 innings in each of their last four day games at Globe Life Field against NL East opponents.
  • The Rangers have trailed after 3 innings in each of their last three games as favorites against NL East opponents.
  • The 'Inning 1 UNDER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Rangers' last three day games against NL East opponents.

Washington Nationals vs Texas Rangers Prediction

I’m on the Nationals here. I just can’t ignore how the bats of the Nationals are heating up right now and Parker has looked every bit as good as advertised up to this point in the year through his first three starts. Eovaldi was a key contributor in Texas’ World Series run last season, but he’s had issues with control in his last couple of starts, and the Rangers are just getting a bit too much respect here in my opinion. Give me Washington in this one.

Chris’s Pick Washington +174

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