The Rangers (72-50, 42-22 home) host the Brewers (66-57, 33-30 away) in game two of this interleague series. Getting the start for the Rangers is Dane Dunning while the Brewers are turning to Freddy Peralta. Read on to get my best bet for this Texas Rangers vs. Milwaukee Brewers matchup.
MILWAUKEE BREWERS VS TEXAS RANGERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Texas Rangers -147
This game will be played at Globe Life Field at 4:05 ET on Saturday, August 19th.
WHY BET THE TEXAS RANGERS:
- The Brewers are just 2-3 in their last five road games.
- Over their previous ten games as the underdog, the Brewers are just 3-7 straight-up.
- Over his last three starts, Dane Dunning has an ERA of just 2.32.
MILWAUKEE BREWERS LOOKING FOR UPSET AS ROAD UNDERDOGS
For the season, the Brewers are 66-57 overall, including going 33-30 on the road and 33-27 at home. When looking at their overall series record, Milwaukee is above .500 at 20-17-2. In the NL Central, the Brewers are currently 1st.
As Freddy Peralta prepares to face the Rangers, the Brewers starter has been in fine form recently, having notched a quality start in each of his last four appearances. Across 23 starts this season, Peralta has compiled a 9-8 record and 4.08 ERA. Opposing batters have had difficulty against him, hitting just .215 with an OPS of .682. The right-hander has also racked up 157 strikeouts while issuing 48 walks in 2021.
The Milwaukee Brewers earned a victory in Freddy Peralta’s last start, defeating the Chicago White Sox 7-3. The right-hander tossed six innings of shutout ball, surrendering only four hits and notching his third win of the season.
As a team, Milwaukee has scuffled at the plate of late, with a combined batting average of just .225 over their last ten games. Compared to other teams, this is just 23rd in that span. When looking at the team’s power numbers, they have a season-long slugging percentage of .377% while going deep a total of 128 times (21st). Overall, the Brewers are 18th in the MLB at 4.3 runs per contest.
Christian Yelich has been one of the Milwaukee Brewers’ most reliable offensive contributors in 2023. The outfielder is batting .289 with 66 RBIs and 16 home runs on the year.
WILL THE TEXAS RANGERS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
The Rangers enter today’s action with an overall record of 72-50, putting them in first place in the AL West. So far, they have put together a 42-22 record at home and 30-28. Texas’ overall series record stands at 24-13-2.
The Rangers will turn to starter Dane Dunning, who has a 9-4 record in 26 appearances this season. His ERA stands at 3.10, with a K/9 of 6.84 and a FIP of 3.92, while his OBP is .290.
In his most recent outing, Dane Dunning tossed a quality seven frames, allowing just one run. Unfortunately, the Rangers were unable to capitalize on his performance and fell to the Giants 3-2. Despite not receiving a decision in the game, Dunning’s effort was commendable.
For the season, the Rangers’ offense is averaging 5.7 runs per game. Over their last five games they have swung the bats well, sitting 5th in the league in scoring, with a total of 29 runs. Overall, Texas’ team batting average is .271, putting them 2nd in the MLB.
The Texas Rangers have seen Marcus Semien’s bat make an impact this season. The infielder has a .280 average, 79 RBIs, and 19 home runs through the 2023 campaign.