Texas Rangers vs Washington Nationals 7/6/2023 Picks Predictions Previews
The Texas Rangers will be staying on the road to square off with the Washington Nationals in the opening games of an MLB interleague three-game series on the road at Nationals Park in Washington, District of Columbia, on Friday.
Texas dropped to 51-37 overall after losing four of the last five contests played, 24-19 when playing away from home following two successive road losses, and remained on top of the AL West with two games ahead of the Houston Astros in second place.
The Rangers recorded 519 runs scored to date while dropping 366 for a +153 run difference throughout the campaign.
The Texas Rangers enter this competition looking to snap a two-game skid after losing the last two installments of a series against the Boston Red Sox last time out.
Texas took a 5-4 lead after six frames of action but failed to stop a six-run blast by Boston in the seventh inning, leading to a 6-10 road loss on Thursday. The Rangers were allowed 12 hits while committing two errors in defeat.
Center Fielder Leody Taveras batted an average of.301 in leading Texas’ offense, while Right Fielder Adolis Garcia chipped in a team-high 22 home runs and 71 runs for the Rangers.
First Baseman Nathaniel Lowe contributed a team-leading on-base percentage of.364, and Second Baseman Marcus Semien added 102 hits in leading Texas.
On Friday, the Texas Rangers will assign southpaw Cody Bradford to start game 1 of the three-game series against the Washington Nationals.
The left-handed thrower is 0-1 on the season with a 4.98 ERA, a sterling 1.15 WHIP, and 24 strikeouts while giving away 18 hits, seven free walks, and three long balls in 21.2 frames of work.
The totals went UNDER in five of Texas’ last seven outings, while the Rangers are 1-4 SU in their last five matches played.
The Texas Rangers are 5-2 in their last seven contests played versus Washington, while the totals went UNDER in 5 of the Rangers’ last seven road games.
The totals went UNDER in four of the Texas Rangers’ last five outings when playing on the road against the Washington Nationals.
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The Washington Nationals will continue a homestand and try to end a four-game losing streak with a victory over the Texas Rangers in the series opener on Friday night.
Washington fell to 34-53 overall after losing five of the last six contests played, marked a 13-31 record at home following four straight road losses, and placed dead last in the NL East with 24.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves in first place.
The Nationals have compiled 356 runs scored but conceded 444 for a run differential of -88 over the year.
The Washington Nationals lost a series to the Cincinnati Reds by a sweep after losing four out of four matches, including an upset 4-5 loss in the tenth frame.
Washington failed to tie the score in the tenth after completing just one run but allowed two to Cincinnati, while RP Hunter Harvey (3-4, 3.29 ERA) took the loss for the Nats following one earned run conceded with three strikeouts in 1.1 innings pitched.
Right Fielder Lane Thomas averages.304 at the plate with a team-high 14 home runs, 45 batted in, 102 hits, and an on-base percentage of.351, leading the Nationals in those categories this season.
Washington recorded a team batting average of.260 and a slugging percentage of.393 for the year.
On Friday, the Washington Nationals will counter with righty Trevor Williams to start the opening game of a three-game series against the Texas Rangers.
The right-handed starter is 5-4 on the season with an ERA of 4.34, a WHIP of 1.42, and has fanned out a total of 63 hitters in his starts while surrendering 94 hits, 27 free bases, and 18 home runs in 85.0 innings pitched.
The Washington Nationals are 1-5 SU in their last six contests, while the totals went UNDER in 6 of the Nationals’ last seven games played versus Texas.
Washington is 0-5 straight up in their last five home matches played, while the totals went UNDER in 4 of the Nationals’ last five outings when playing at home against the Texas Rangers.
The Washington Nationals are 1-6 SU in their last seven contests played in July.
Texas Rangers vs. Washington Nationals The MLB Pick for this contest is Texas +155. Despite having a hard time winning games as of late, the Rangers will pick up a road triumph in this matchup on Friday.
Washington lost four of the last five outings overall, and the Nationals also lost 49 of the last 65 facing a southpaw starter.
Texas will take control of this contest on the road with a 24-19 record, while Washington struggled at home with a 13-31 record this season. The prediction: The Texas Rangers will win 6-3.
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Texas Rangers vs Washington Nationals 7/7/2023 Picks Predictions Previews
MLB Starting Time: 7:05 PM ET
Location: Nationals Park in Washington, District of Columbia
Date: Friday, July 7, 2023
MLB Odds/Point Spread: Texas Rangers -155
MLB Totals: 10.5