Texas Rangers vs. Atlanta Braves MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/14/14
Atlanta Braves (75-73) at Texas Rangers (56-92)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 3:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
Mike Minor (L) (6-10) (4.575) vs. Colby Lewis (R) (9-13) (5.293)
The Line: Texas Rangers +131 / Atlanta Braves -141 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-S, FSN-SW
The Texas Rangers hope to sweep the Atlanta Braves on Sunday afternoon.
The Atlanta Braves have lost five of their last six games and have really killed any chance of making the playoffs. The issue for the Braves continues to be a lack of offense, as they’ve been held to three or less runs in nine of their last 13 games. The Braves have lost seven straight when scoring three or less runs. Freddie Freeman has a nine-game hitting streak and Jason Heyward has hit in seven of his last 10 games. The Atlanta Braves have an ERA of 3.32, which is sixth in the majors. Mike Minor gets the ball, and he’s 6-10 with a 4.58 ERA and has 119 strikeouts in 139.2 innings. This will be Minor’s first career game against the Rangers.
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The Texas Rangers are 3-9 in the month of September and 36 games below a .500 record. While allowing only three runs in this series, the Rangers have allowed four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. Overall, the Texas Rangers have an ERA of 4.69, which is 29th in the majors, and they’ve lost eight straight when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Rougned Odor has hit in seven of his last 10 games and Leonys Martin has also hit in seven of his last 10 games. Starting is Colby Lewis, who is 9-13 with a 5.29 ERA and has 121 strikeouts in 151.1 innings. This will be Lewis’ second career game against the Braves.
The Braves are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series and 3-10 in Minors last 13 interleague starts. The Rangers are 2-5 in Lewis' last 7 starts vs. National League East and 1-5 in Lewis' last 6 starts overall.
I know we've been betting against the Rangers all season and cashing in tickets left and right, but the Braves have been just as bad lately. This is one of the few games I'll back the Rangers, and it's more of a fade of the Braves.