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Texas Rangers vs Cleveland Guardians Prediction 5-14-24 Picks

Cleveland Guardians (26-16) vs. Texas Rangers (22-21)
May 14, 2024 8:05 pm EDT
The Line: Texas Rangers -115 / Cleveland Guardians +105; Over/Under: +9.5
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In this article we will formulate a Texas Rangers vs Cleveland Guardians prediction for this MLB game on Tuesday, May 14th at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Let’s take a look at the prediction for game two in this series. 

Rangers Have Lost Four Straight 

The Texas Rangers are 22-21 this season and they have lost four games in a row. Texas dropped game one in this series on Monday and they were shutout in the game. Prior to that series, the Rangers were swept in three games against Colorado, won three out of four against Oakland, and won two out of three against Kansas City. Texas has struggled in their last six games, but the AL West hasn’t been very good, so they are only 1.5 games behind Seattle for first. 

The Texas pitching staff has a 4.14 ERA, a 1.28 WHIP, and a .228 opponent batting average. The Rangers offense has scored 205 runs with a .253 batting average and a .321 on base percentage. Adolis Garcia is batting .247 with eight home runs and 31 RBI’s for the Rangers this season. Texas is 6th in runs scored so far this season, but they have scored three runs or fewer in four straight games. 

Guardians Leading the AL Central 

The Cleveland Guardians are 26-16 this season and they have won two games in a row. Cleveland won game one in this series by a score of 7-0 on Monday night. Prior to this series, the Guardians lost three out of four against the White Sox, won two out of three against the Tigers, and won two out of three against the Angels. Cleveland is only 6-6 in their last 12 games, but they continue to lead the AL Central by one game over Minnesota. 

The Cleveland pitching staff has a 3.35 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP, and a .231 opponent batting average. The Guardians offense has scored 202 runs with a .236 batting average and a .309 on base percentage. Josh Naylor is batting .267 with 11 home runs and 30 RBI’s for the Guardians this season. Cleveland is seventh in team ERA and they are seventh in runs scored this season, as they have allowed three runs or fewer in four of their last five games. The Guardians have also shutout their last two opponents, winning by a total of 14-0 in their last two games. 

Starting Pitchers

The projected starting pitcher for Texas is Jack Leiter, who is 0-0 with a 12.91 ERA and a 2.35 WHIP over 7.2 innings pitched this year. Leiter has allowed 11 earned runs and 15 hits over 7.2 innings in two starts this year. The projected starting pitcher for Cleveland is Ben Lively, who is 1-2 with a 2.63 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP over 27.1 innings pitched this season. Lively has allowed two earned runs or fewer in four of his last five starts, but did allow three earned runs and eight hits over 5.2 innings against the White Sox last time out. 

Texas Rangers Player Prop Facts

  • Adolis Garcia has hit a home run in three of the Rangers’ last four home games against AL opponents that held a winning record.
  • Leody Taveras has scored at least one run in each of the Rangers’ last six games as favorites against AL opponents.
  • Adolis Garcia has recorded at least one RBI in six of the Rangers’ last seven home games against AL opponents that held a winning record.
  • Leody Taveras has recorded at least one total base in each of his last 13 appearances after playing the previous day.
  • Leody Taveras has recorded at least one hit in each of his last 13 appearances after playing the previous day.
  • Leody Taveras has recorded at least one Double in five of his last six appearances with the Rangers as favorites against AL Central opponents.
  • Nathaniel Lowe has recorded at least one Single in each of the Rangers’ last seven games against AL opponents.

Cleveland Guardians Player Prop Facts

  • Ramon Laureano has recorded a Double in four of his last five appearances against the Rangers.
  • Ramon Laureano has scored at least one run in each of his last four appearances against the Rangers.
  • Steven Kwan has recorded at least one Single in each of his last seven appearances against the Rangers.
  • Josh Naylor has hit a home run in three of the Guardians’ last five night games.
  • Jose Ramirez has recorded at least one RBI in each of the Guardians’ last five road games against AL opponents that held a winning record.
  • Steven Kwan has recorded at least one hit in each of his last eight road appearances against opponents that held a winning record.
  • Ramon Laureano has recorded two or more total bases in each of his last seven appearances against the Rangers.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Texas Rangers rank T1st in the league for hits this season (374).
  • The Texas Rangers rank T4th in the league for runs scored this season (205).
  • The Cleveland Guardians rank 3rd in the league for strikeouts this season (379).
  • The Cleveland Guardians are one of only 4 teams in the league to rank top 10 in both steals and home runs this season.

Texas Rangers vs Cleveland Guardians Prediction 

Texas comes into this game really struggling in their last four games and they are only 10-10 at home this year. The Rangers need to find their offense, as it has not been very good in the four losses. Cleveland struggled in their series with the White Sox over the weekend, but that didn’t stop them from scoring seven late runs on Monday for the win. The Rangers are going with Jack Leiter, who has been awful in two starts this season. The Guardians are going with Ben Lively, who has been above average, but didn’t pitch well in his last start. I really don’t like what I have seen from Leiter and I think this Texas offense is going to wake up, so my Texas Rangers vs Cleveland Guardians prediction is for this game to go over the total. 

David Racey's Free Pick: Over 9.5

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David Racey

David started writing about sports in 2015, but sports has been his passion for as long as he can remember. David spends most of his free time watching pretty much anything sports related from Baseball to Tennis and everything in between. David likes to analyze statistics and recent results to form an unbiased opinion on whatever game he is breaking down. Follow David on Twitter at @itsyerboi41

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