Texas Rangers vs. Atlanta Braves MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/13/14
Atlanta Braves (75-72) at Texas Rangers (55-92)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 1:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
Julio Teheran (R) (13-11) (3.000) vs. Scott Baker (R) (2-3) (6.664)
The Line: Texas Rangers +152 / Atlanta Braves -162 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Atlanta Braves and Texas Rangers play game two of their interleague series on Saturday.
The Atlanta Braves have lost seven of their last 10 games and are three games above .500. The lack of offense continues to kill the Braves, scoring three or less runs in eight of their last 12 games. The Braves have lost six straight when being held to three or less runs. Freddie Freeman has an eight-game hitting streak and Jason Heyward has five hits in his last three games. The Atlanta Braves have an ERA of 3.33, which is sixth in the majors. Julio Teheran gets the nod, and he’s 13-11 with a 3.00 ERA and has 168 strikeouts in 201 innings. This will be Teheran’s first career game against the Rangers.
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The Texas Rangers are 2-9 in the month of September and 37 games below a .500 record. The Rangers main issue continues to be their pitching staff that has allowed four or more runs in eight of their last 11 games. Overall, the Texas Rangers have an ERA of 4.72, which is 29th in the majors, and they’ve lost eight straight when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Adrian Beltre has a hit in seven of his last 10 games and Leonys Martin has a hit in eight of his last 10 games. Scott Baker gets the ball, and he’s 3-4 with a 5.52 ERA and has 50 strikeouts in 76.2 innings. This will be Baker’s second career game against the Braves.
The Braves are 10-3 in Teherans last 13 starts during game 2 of a series and 11-3 in Teherans last 14 road starts vs. a team with a losing record. The Rangers are 9-29 in their last 38 during game 2 of a series and 14-38 in their last 52 games as a home underdog.
What's been the trend all season? Pick against the Rangers. That doesn't change here.