Texas Rangers vs. Atlanta Braves Pick-Odds-Prediction - 9/12/14
Atlanta Braves (75-71) at Texas Rangers (54-91)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 12, 2014 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
Alex Wood (L) (7-9) (2.700) vs. Derek Holland (L) (1-0) (0.643)
The Line: Texas Rangers +126 / Atlanta Braves -136 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The Rangers can make the Braves postseason hopes shink with a win on Friday night.
The Atlanta Braves need a strong effort in their series opener at the Texas Rangers to stay in the Wid Card conversation. Mathematically the Braves are still in the running for the National League East but the reality is the Wild Card is going to be difficult enough to capture. The Bravos are looking to build on a 6-2 win over Washington as Aaron Harang allowed a lone run over seven frames while srikingout nine. A 13 hit attack saw BJ Upton connect on his 11th homer while Justin Upton had two hits and drove in three. Alex Wood gets the nod to open the series versus the Texas Rangers on Friday in the first ever meeting. Wood has been outstanding the last three times out with a 1-1 record an ERA just north of two.
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The Texas Rangers are struggling to score which means they are not winning because their pitching is not capable of shouldering the load by themselves. The Rangers struggles continued Thursday in a 7-3 defeat at the hands of the visiting Angels for their 9th loss in eleven contests. Nicholas Martinez was charged with the loss with four runs scored (two earned in six frames with Los Angeles plating three unearned runs overall. Texas received solo homers off the bats of Leonys Martin and JP Arencibia with Roughned Odor rapping an RBI single. Left hander Derek Holland makes his third straight appearance on the bump when he opposes the Atlanta Braves. Holland is coming in off of a 1-0 victory over Seattle in which he threw seven scoreless innings.
The Braves are holding out hopes of making the postseason and this seems like a game that should be won but in all honesty I don't have any faith in this team so no play for me...