MLB Best Bets – Braves & Rangers

Braves @ Brewers

After an epic of a series with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Braves head to Milwaukee to take on a team they have dominated in recent history, dating back to the 2021 NLDS. Over their last ten, the Braves have outscored them 36-24.

This will be the first meeting between these teams this season, and it should be a good one as Michael Soroka returns to the rotation. He has his work cut out for him as he faces Freddy Peralta.

Peralta’s stats this season aren’t great — 6 – 7 with a 4.41 ERA, but that’s not a good representation of his entire body of work. Over his last ten starts, he’s allowed just 27 total runs. That’s the type of performance the Braves can expect today.

With the Braves coming off a three-game set where 49 runs were scored, it will be interesting to see how they adjust. They hope their pitching can be better with their bats staying hot.

Atlanta (-120)
Over 9 Runs (-110)

Dodgers @ Rangers

Tony Gonsolin enters play with a 5-3 record. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

We have an exciting three-game interleague series featuring two division leaders, set to kick off on Friday as the Rangers welcome the Dodgers to Globe Life Field. Los Angeles is a slight underdog in the first game; it’ll be a solid matchup between Tony Gonsolin and Andrew Heaney.

Last season, Tony Gonsolin defied expectations, surpassing his xERA (Expected Earned Run Average) by an entire run, boasting an impressive 3.12 ERA. This season, he’s again outperforming expectations with a 3.72 ERA due to a 4.88 xERA.

In the past month, Tony Gonsolin has encountered difficulties, and his pitching has not been as dominant as it once was. Things will be challenging for him today, facing the stellar offense of the Rangers, which has been incredibly potent when playing at home, boasting an impressive 33-18 record in Arlington.

Tony Gonsolin: Over Under 14.5 Innings (+130)

Unfortunately, the Rangers might be missing a crucial offensive asset, as Adolis Garcia’s presence in the lineup is uncertain due to an injury. Garcia sustained a hit by a pitch during Wednesday’s victory against Tampa, but the good news is that X-rays came back negative, and he should be back in action soon. 

Regardless, the Rangers should still be able to pick up the win.

Rangers (-120)

 

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