Atlanta Braves vs. Texas Rangers - 9/4/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Rangers (67-68) at Atlanta Braves (59-75)
MLB Baseball: Monday, September 4, 2017 at 7:35 pm (SunTrust Park)
A Cashner (8-9) (3.30) vs. R Dickey (9-8) (3.91)
The Line: Atlanta Braves -115 / Texas Rangers +105 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSE, FSSW
Out at SunTrust Park on Monday, the Texas Rangers and the Atlanta Braves will be opening up their MLB series.
The Rangers are coming off a set against the Angels. The two teams split the first pair of games, then on Sunday Texas took the series with a 7-6 win.
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Texas will be bringing out RHP Andrew Cashner on Monday. In his 133.2 innings and 8-9 record this year, Cashner has a 3.30 ERA with 69 Ks and 49 BBs.
Texas has a few notable bats this season. Elvis Andrus came out of the week with 162 hits, 86 runs, 16 homers and 73 RBI while Shin-Soo Choo had 122 hits, 84 runs, 18 homers and 65 RBI. Choo went 0-for-2 on Sunday; Andrus had two homers and three RBI.
Over on the Braves’ side, they’re fresh off a set against the Cubs. Atlanta lost the first three games, but prevented the sweep on Monday with a 5-1 victory.
The Braves are going with RHP RA Dickey in the start on Monday. Over his 161.0 innings and 9-8 record this year, Dickey has a 3.91 ERA with 120 Ks and 59 Ks.
Atlanta has a few notable hitters this year. Freddy Freeman had a solid outing on Sunday, posting two hits and a run, but Ender Inciarte came up empty 0-for-3. Nick Markakis managed two runs with one hit on Sunday.
The Rangers are 6-1 in their last seven during game one of a series and 3-10 in their last 13 Monday games. Texas is also 6-2 in Cashner’s last eight starts with four days’ rest and 5-2 in Cashner’s last seven starts.
Meanwhile, the Braves are 1-7 in their last eight during game one of a series and 0-6 in their last six Monday games. Atlanta is also 7-3 in Dickey’s last 10 home starts and 1-4 in Dickey’s last five starts with four days’ rest.
Cashner had a bit of a rocky start in Los Angeles with four earned on seven hits in 6.0 innings, but came back on one earned, three hits and 8.0 innings in a win over Houston. As for Dickey, he gave up 11 hits against Seattle but played well in Philly with 8.0 innings, seven hits and one earned in his last start. If Dickey can keep it together here this should be a good pitching matchup, but all things considered I like Cashner and the Rangers.