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Texas Rangers vs. Atlanta Braves MLB Pick from Will Rogers: September 5th 2017

Texas Rangers vs. Atlanta Braves
MLB Pick: Atlanta -116 odds (September 5th 2017)

The set-up: The Rangers won 8-2 on Monday at Atlanta, climbing within two games of Minnesota for the second wild-card spot in the American League (it’s a crowded field, though). This three-game IL series continues Tuesday night with the 69-68 Rangers having won 16 of their past 25 games to get back into wild-card contention. Meanwhile, after reaching .500 on July 16 (45-45), the Braves have gone just 15-31 since to fall to 60-76, including 6-15 at home during the swoon.

The pitching matchup: Miguel Gonzalez (7-10 & 4.31 ERA) will take the mound for Texas and Julio Teheran (9-11 & 4.75 ERA) for Atlanta. Gonzalez pitched  well in his final five starts with the Chicago White Sox, going 2-0 with a 1.85 ERA in 34 innings. However, he was dealt to the Rangers after giving up three runs on seven hits at Minnesota this past Tuesday. Gonzalez spent a month on the disabled list with shoulder tightness but he made nine starts for the White Sox since his return. “He’s been throwing very well the last couple of months,” Texas general manager John Daniels said after making the deal. Gonzalez has never faced the Braves but he is 4-6 with a 3.59 ERA in 15 interleague games. He makes his first start for Texas in this one. Teheran makes his 28th start of the season after an August during which he posted his second-best monthly ERA (3.65) in 2017. Teheran closed the month with two excellent starts, surrendering one run with eight strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings at Philadelphia on Wednesday after giving up two runs over 7 1/3 frames in win over Colorado five days earlier in Atlanta. Teheran has faced the Rangers just once, taking a loss in 2014 despite going eight innings while up three runs on three hits while striking out six and walking one.

The pick: Home (Turner Field) was always a good place for Teheran but Atlanta’s new SunTrust Park has been a ‘House of Horrors.’ He’s 2-9 with a 6.54 ERA in 14 starts (Braves are 4-10). That said, there is no real reason for Teheran’s home struggles. He’s looked very good in his last two starts (one home/ one away) and I’ll back him here vs. Gonzalez, who has struggled on the road this season, posting a 3-7 record and 5.23 ERA over 13 starts (White Sox were 4-9).

MLB Pick: Jack Jones betting the Texas Rangers +104 odds on September 4th 2017

Texas Rangers vs. Atlanta Braves
MLB Betting Pick: Rangers +104 odds (September 4th 2017)

The Texas Rangers are just 3 games back of the Minnesota Twins for the final wild card spot in the American League.  The Atlanta Braves have nothing to play for at 60-75 on the season.  I’ll back the more motivated Rangers here in Game 1 of this series with Atlanta.

Andrew Cashner has been one of the most underrated starters in baseball this season.  He has gone 8-9 with a 3.30 ERA and 1.287 WHIP in 22 starts, including 1-0 with a 3.20 ERA and 1.068 WHIP in his last three.

R.A. Dickey has held his own for the Braves at 9-8 with a 3.91 ERA and 1.373 WHIP in 26 starts.  He has faltered down the stretch, going 1-1 with a 4.05 ERA and 1.500 WHIP in his last three starts.  He gave up 4 earned runs and 11 base runners in 6 innings of a 6-9 loss to the Mariners on August 23rd, a fellow AL West rival of the Rangers.

The Rangers are 6-1 in their last seven during game 1 of a series.  Texas is 10-3 in its last 13 interleague games vs. a right-handed starter.  Texas is 13-4 in its last 17 vs. NL East opponents.  Atlanta is 13-27 in its last 40 games overall.  The Braves are 7-20 in their last 27 interleague games.  Texas is 6-1 in its last seven meetings with Atlanta.  Bet the Rangers Monday.

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