Rangers vs Braves Prediction MLB Picks Today 5/17

Rangers vs Braves Prediction MLB Picks Today 5/17

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Introduction

In today's highly anticipated MLB matchup, the Atlanta Braves will take on the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field. In this article, we'll provide a comprehensive analysis of both teams, focusing on their pitching prowess, hitting strengths, and injuries. 

 

Pitching Analysis

The Braves will rely on Spencer Strider as their starting pitcher. Strider has been exceptional this season, boasting a 2.51 ERA and an impressive 79 strikeouts in 46.2 innings pitched. He has displayed excellent command and the ability to keep hitters off balance. Strider's dominance makes him a tough matchup for any lineup.

Opposing Strider will be Nathan Eovaldi, who takes the mound for the Rangers. Eovaldi has been outstanding as well, posting a 2.70 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP in 53.1 innings pitched. With only eight walks and 56 strikeouts, Eovaldi has showcased excellent control and the ability to limit runs. His pitching repertoire and experience make him a formidable opponent for the Braves' hitters.

 

Hitting Analysis

The Braves' lineup features a potent offense led by Ronald Acuna Jr., who boasts a remarkable .348 batting average and a .604 slugging percentage. Matt Olson has provided power, leading the team with 11 home runs and 30 RBIs. The Braves have shown consistency in scoring runs and possess the ability to capitalize on scoring opportunities.

The Rangers' lineup is anchored by Adolis Garcia, who has been a force with 11 home runs and 44 RBIs. He has been the catalyst for the team's offensive success. However, both teams will face a challenge against tough opposing pitchers, which could limit offensive production in this game.

 

Injuries

The Braves have a few players listed as day-to-day, including Kyle Wright and Lucas Luetge. Their potential absence could impact the team's pitching depth. The Rangers have Mitch Garver on the 10-day injured list, which may affect their catching rotation.

 

Prediction

Given the impressive performances of both Spencer Strider and Nathan Eovaldi this season, combined with the hitting strengths of their respective opponents, the under bet is the best choice for this game. Both pitchers have demonstrated excellent control and the ability to limit runs, making it challenging for hitters to produce offense.

Strider's dominant strikeout numbers, along with Eovaldi's exceptional command, create a scenario where runs could be scarce. Furthermore, both teams possess capable bullpens that can maintain the low-scoring nature of the game.

Considering the pitching matchup and the potential difficulties hitters will face, the under bet is the most favorable option. With two tough pitchers on the mound, we anticipate a tightly contested game with limited scoring opportunities.

 

Pick: Under 7.5 runs

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