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Braves Run Line Delivers Betting Value vs Visiting Rangers

The Atlanta Braves go for a fifth straight victory when they host the defending World Series champion Texas Rangers for the opener of a three-game weekend series on Friday night. This battle of division leaders should be a great game if you like to bet MLB against the spread.

Atlanta just swept a road series against the Houston Astros and has the best record in baseball, leading the NL East by two games over the Philadelphia Phillies. Texas has also been playing well, taking three of four from the Detroit Tigers in its last series and leading the AL West by 1½ games over the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels.

Braves Run Line Delivers Betting Value vs Visiting Rangers
Braves Run Line Delivers Betting Value vs Visiting Rangers

The series opener will see left-hander Andrew Heaney take the mound for the Rangers, as he looks for his first win of the season. The 32-year-old is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA and failed to make it out of the fifth inning in his three starts.

Atlanta will counter with lefty Chris Sale, who enters this game 1-1 with a 4.58 ERA. The veteran struggled in his last outing, allowing five runs on six hits in a loss to the Miami Marlins.

 

Rangers vs Braves Game Information

  • Game: Rangers (11-9) vs Braves (12-5)
  • Date/Time: Friday, April 19, 7:20 p.m. ET
  • Location: Truist Park, Atlanta, GA
  • Rangers vs Braves Live Stream: MLB.tv

 

This is the only regular-season series scheduled between these two teams among the tops in MLB playoff odds this season. The Braves won the season series in 2023, taking two out of three in a series played in Texas.

The Braves are favored in the opener, getting -210 on the moneyline compared to the Rangers at +180. The MLB run lines put Texas at -120 odds when getting 1½ runs, while Atlanta is at even odds when giving the 1½. The over/under for the contest has been set at 9½ runs, with the under getting -120 and the over at even odds.

The first pitch for this contest is scheduled for 7:20 p.m. ET, and you can watch it live on MLB TV.

Rangers vs Braves Odds and Spreads

 

 

 

  • Texas is 16-4 straight-up in its last 20 games on the road.
  • Atlanta is 9-1 straight-up in its last 10 games against an American League opponent.
  • The over is 5-7 in the Rangers’ last seven games.
  • The over is 6-1 in the Braves’ last seven games at home.
  • The Rangers are 11-5 straight-up in their last 16 games against the Braves.
  • Atlanta is 8-9 ATS this season.
  • Texas is 6-4 ATS on the road this season.
  • The Rangers are 6-3 as an underdog in 2024.

 

Rangers vs Braves Over/Under Pick: Over 9½ (Even)

These two teams have been hitting the ball well this season, with each ranking in the top six of the majors in runs. Atlanta is second with 108, with the only team ahead of it (San Diego) having played four more games entering the weekend. Texas has scored 103 runs to rank second among American League squads.

Both teams are also in the top five in the majors in batting average, so it’s not just big hits that are scoring the runs. When you’re looking for a bet on MLB to make, the over is usually a good one to make when these two teams are involved.

 

 

Rangers vs Braves ATS Pick: Braves -1½ (Even)

If you’re going to bet MLB against the spread, going with the best team in baseball is a good pick to make. The Braves have balance throughout their lineup and are going to make things tough for Heaney in this one.

Designated hitter Marcel Ozuna leads the team with eight home runs, 25 hits and 23 RBI, while shortstop Orlando Arcia is second in baseball with a .377 batting average. That’s not to mention perennial MVP candidate Ronald Acuna Jr., who is batting .294 with four doubles, a home run, six RBI and a team-high 17 runs scored.

 

 

Rangers vs Braves Prop Pick: Adolis Garcia Over 0.5 Hits (-197)

If you’re looking for a prop bet to include among your MLB betting on this game, take the Rangers’ best hitter to get at least one hit in this game. Adolis Garcia is batting .311 this season and has been hitless in just four of the 20 games he’s appeared in. One of those was going 0-for-1 as a pinch hitter earlier this week. He’s the most consistent man at the plate for Texas, and he comes up big against top opponents.

 

 

Rangers vs Braves Prediction

Braves 7, Rangers 4

 

 

Questions of the Day

Will these two teams play again this season?


This three-game series is the only time the Rangers and Braves are scheduled to meet in the 2024 season.

Who won the season series between the Rangers and Braves in 2023?


Atlanta won the three-game season series between these teams in 2023, taking two of the three matchups.

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