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Atlanta Braves vs Texas Rangers Preview

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June 18, 4:10 PM | GrassTurner Field

Texas Rangers vs Atlanta Braves Odds

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Atlanta's pitching staff and batting order hope to create an unwelcoming environment in interleague play on Saturday when the Texas Rangers pay a visit to Turner Field.

Matt Harrison gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Rangers on this day; he's 5-6 on the season. The Braves, meanwhile, will counter with Derek Lowe, who will be looking to improve on his 3-5 mark.

View Texas vs Atlanta Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening MLB line for this matchup, Atlanta sat as -130 favorites. The total was set at 8.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the National League No. 2-rated Braves and the league No. 3-ranked Rangers, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Atlanta's No. 11 ranked National League offense (3.9 runs per game) against a Rangers defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 9 in the American League at 4.3 runs allowed per game. The Braves have been averaging 8.2 hits per game, less than the Rangers have managed so far this season (9 hits on average).

Atlanta owns the National League's No. 2 defense, allowing 3.4 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Texas' American League No. 9-rated defense.

Last time out for Texas, they were a 6-2 winner as they battled the Braves on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Rangers at -114 were rewarded, while the 8 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Rangers hope for a dominant pitching performance similar to their last game when Colby Lewis struck out 10 batters in 6-2 victory on Friday at Turner Field.

Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Atlanta are 3-7
After playing Atlanta are 4-6
After a win are 6-4

Atlanta Braves Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Texas are 6-4
After playing Texas are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

A few Rangers at Braves trends to consider:
Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Texas' last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas' last 6 games when playing Atlanta
Texas is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 6 games when playing Texas
Atlanta is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games at home
Atlanta is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Atlanta is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Texas

Next up:
Texas at Atlanta, Sunday, June 19