Texas Rangers vs Philadelphia Phillies Prediction MLB Picks 5/22/24

Philadelphia Phillies (35-14) vs Texas Rangers (24-25)

Game Info: Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at 6:40 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

Taijuan Walker (3-0) (4.91) vs Dane Dunning (3-2) (4.10)

Betting Odds: Philadelphia Phillies -140 / Texas Rangers +120 --- Over/Under: 9.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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In this article we will formulate a Texas Rangers vs Philadelphia Phillies prediction for this MLB game on Wednesday, May 22nd at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. To formulate this prediction for game two in the series, we will examine:

  • The Rangers recent form and recent player performance 
  • The Phillies recent form and recent play performance
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Texas
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Philadelphia 
  • Recent betting trends in games played between Texas and Philadelphia 
  • A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for Today’s Game between Texas and Philadelphia

Rangers Trying to Find Answers

The Texas Rangers are 24-25 this year and they have lost eight of their last ten games. Texas dropped the first game in this series on Tuesday and only scored two runs. Prior to this series, the Rangers lost two out of three against the Angels, lost two out of three against the Guardians, and were swept by the Rockies. Texas has won more than one game in a row just once in their last 19 games, but they are second in the AL West behind Seattle.

The Texas pitching staff has a 4.14 ERA, a 1.27 WHIP, and a .227 opponent batting average. The Rangers offense has scored 222 runs with a .247 batting average and a .316 on base percentage. Marcus Semien is batting .268 with nine home runs and 34 RBI’s for the Rangers this season. Texas has scored three runs or fewer in eight of their last ten games. 

Phillies are the Hottest Team in Baseball

The Philadelphia Phillies are 35-14 this season and they have won four games in a row. Philadelphia won the first game in this series by a score of 5-2 on Tuesday night. Prior to this series, the Phillies swept the Nationals in three games, won three out of four against the Mets, and won two out of three against the Marlins. Philadelphia has won 20 of their last 24 games and they have a six game lead in the NL East over the Braves. 

The Philadelphia pitching staff has a 3.15 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP, and a .223 opponent batting average. The Phillies offense has scored 261 runs with a .259 batting average and a .337 on base percentage. Bryce Harper is batting .280 with 11 home runs and 36 RBI’s for the Phillies this season. Philadelphia has scored at least four runs in 16 of their last 17 games. 

Starting Pitchers

The projected starting pitcher for Texas is Dane Dunning, who is 3-2 with a 4.10 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP over 37.1 innings pitched this year. Dunning is coming off of the IL, but he has allowed two earned runs or fewer in three of his last four outings. The projected starting pitcher for Philadelphia is Taijuan Walker, who is 3-0 with a 4.91 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP over 22.0 innings pitched this year. Walker has allowed six earned runs and 17 hits over his last three starts (15.2 IP). 

Why the Philadelphia Phillies will win

The Phillies have won 12 of their last 13 night games against American League opponents following a home win.The Rangers have lost each of their last four games against National League opponents.The Rangers have failed to cover the run line in 11 of their last 12 games.The Phillies have covered the run line in eight of their last nine night games against American League opponents.

Why the Texas Rangers will win

The Rangers have won seven of their last eight Wednesday road games.The Rangers have covered the run line in 23 of their last 30 road games against teams that held a winning record.The Phillies have failed to cover the run line in three of their last four games against AL West opponents following a win.

Total Runs Facts

Five of the Rangers' last six games after playing the previous day have gone UNDER the total runs line.Four of the Phillies' last five night games against AL West opponents have gone OVER the total runs line.The 'Inning 1 UNDER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Rangers' last seven games.The 'Inning 1 UNDER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Phillies' last three games against AL West opponents.

Texas Rangers vs Philadelphia Phillies Prediction 

Philadelphia continues to be the hottest team in the MLB and their offense has been red hot over the last few weeks. The Phillies are 20-8 at home, while the Rangers are just 12-12 on the road. Texas cannot seem to string many wins together so far this year and they are still looking to find their offense from last season. The Rangers are expected to go with Dane Dunning, who was pretty solid before his injury. The Phillies are going with Taijuan Walker, who has an elevated ERA and WHIP. I think we are going to see plenty of runs in this game, especially with the Phillies hitting like they are, so my Texas Rangers vs Philadelphia Phillies prediction is for this game to go over the total. 

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

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