Milwaukee Brewers (65-57) at Texas Rangers (X-X)
Game Info: Friday, August 18th, 2023 at 8:05 p.m. EST (Globe Life Field)
Betting Odds: Rangers ML (-120) - Over/Under (8)
Pick: Rangers ML (-120)
Friday evening takes us to the great state of Texas for
the opening game of this three game interleague series between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Texas Rangers. Both of these teams currently sit in first place of their respective divisions and both of them will be looking to grab a victory to extend their leads within those divisions as well.
The Milwaukee Brewers are having a solid season but they have arguably been flying under the radar because of the averageness of the National League Central division this season. Milwaukee will be looking to open up this series off on the right foot with a victory over the Texas Rangers on the road on Friday night. They are coming off of a series with the Los Angeles Dodgers during the week and their tough schedule continues as they face their second consecutive first place team in Major League Baseball. Milwaukee comes into the opening game of this series holding a decent lead over the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds for first place in the National League Central division and they will be looking to extend that lead with another win here on Friday night.
The Brewers come into this game with a record of 65-57 through their first 122 games of the 2023 Major League Baseball season. Brandon Woodruff will be getting the baseball here on Friday night and he has looked solid this season in limited appearances. He has a record of 2-1 on the season and he will be looking to pick up his third victory of the year in the opening game of this series against the Texas Rangers. They will be looking to bounce back after coming off of a rough series against the Los Angeles Dodgers where they were swept in three consecutive games. Now they will be looking to break their three game losing streak here in Arlington on Friday night.
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The Texas Rangers are having a fantastic season at the moment and they come into this game sitting in first place of the American League West division. Texas comes into this game with a record of 72-49 through their first 121 games of the 2023 Major League Baseball season. They currently hold a two and a half game lead over the defending World Series champions, the Houston Astros prior to the opening game of this series. Texas has picked up seven victories in their last ten games of the season and they will be looking to grab another one here on Friday night against a struggling Milwaukee Brewers team.
Texas will give the baseball to the always dependable Andrew Heaney for the opening game of this series on Friday night at home. He will be looking to pick up his tenth victory of the season here in this one and help continue their recent run of successful play. The Rangers are a very hard team to beat at home this season as they come into this game with a record of 42-21 through their first 63 home games of the season. They will be looking to break their one game losing streak after dropping their series finale against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday afternoon. However, they should be well rested after having the day off on Thursday while the Milwaukee Brewers played on Thursday.
Betting trends to consider in this matchup:
- Texas is 42-21 at home this season
- Texas is 28-20 after a loss this season
- Milwaukee is 41-44 away from the NL Central this season
I expect this game to be close between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Texas Rangers in the opening game of their series on Friday night but in the end I have the Texas Rangers picking up the victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. As I look for Andrew Heaney to outpitch Brandon Woodruff, in Woodruffs return to the mound here on Friday night.
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