Rangers vs. Pirates Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets - Monday, May 22, 2023

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Rangers vs. Pirates Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Monday, May 22, 2023

MLB Predictions

The Texas Rangers (29-17) will vie for their fourth straight victory when they visit the Pittsburgh Pirates (24-22) on Monday at 6:35 PM ET on SportsNet PT. The Rangers are listed as -136 favorites by sportsbooks, while the Pirates are +116 underdogs.

Dane Dunning gets the starting nod for Texas while Luis Ortiz is Pittsburgh’s starter for the contest.

Rangers vs. Pirates Odds

  • Rangers odds to win: -136
  • Pirates odds to win: +116
  • Spread: Rangers -1.5
  • Total: 9 runs

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Game Time and Information

  • Date: Monday, May 22, 2023
  • Time: 6:35 PM ET
  • TV: SportsNet PT

Who Will Win Rangers vs. Pirates?

Rangers and Pirates Betting Trends

The Rangers have won 66.7% of the games this season when they were favored on the moneyline (18-9).

Texas has a 15-5 record (winning 75% of its games) when playing as moneyline favorites of -136 or shorter.

The Pirates have been underdogs in 33 games this season and won 15 (45.5%) of those contests.

Pittsburgh is 12-12 this season when entering a game as the underdog by +116 or more on the moneyline.

In the 46 games in which bookmakers have set an over/under for the Rangers, they have combined with opponents to go over the total 28 times (28-17-1).

So far this season, the Pirates and their opponents have hit the over in 21 of their 46 games with a total.

Rangers Stats & Insights

The Rangers score the most runs in baseball (297 total, 6.5 per game).

Texas averages 1.4 home runs per game to rank seventh in baseball with 63 total home runs.

The Rangers’ .272 batting average leads the majors.

Texas strikes out 9 times per game, the No. 19 mark in MLB.

The 8.5 strikeouts per nine innings put together by the Rangers pitching staff ranks 20th in MLB.

Texas has the eighth-ranked team ERA among all MLB pitching staffs (3.82).

Pirates Stats & Insights

The Pirates rank 16th in the majors with 203 total runs scored this season.

Pittsburgh ranks 24th in Major League Baseball with 42 home runs.

The Pirates’ .243 batting average ranks 18th in the league this season.

Pittsburgh is one of the best teams in baseball at making contact this season, ranking ninth with an average of 8.4 strikeouts per game.

The Pirates have an 8.8 K/9 this season as a pitching staff, which ranks 12th in the majors.

Pittsburgh has the seventh-best ERA (3.75) in the majors this season.

Rangers Key Players to Watch

Dunning (4-0) gets the starting nod for the Rangers in his fourth start of the season. He’s put together a 1.69 ERA in 37 1/3 innings pitched, with 23 strikeouts.

Marcus Semien leads Texas with a batting average of .305. He’s also hit seven home runs with 38 RBI.

Adolis Garcia leads Texas in home runs (14) and runs batted in (49) this season while batting .256.

Nate Lowe has collected 51 base hits, an OBP of .354 and a slugging percentage of .454 this season.

Jonah Heim has 42 hits and an OBP of .357 to go with a slugging percentage of .483 this season.

Pirates Key Players to Watch

Ortiz will get the start for the Pirates, his third of the season.

Bryan Reynolds paces the Pirates with 27 runs batted in while putting up a team-best batting average of .282.

Andrew McCutchen has put his power on display as he paces his team with seven home runs.

Ke’Bryan Hayes has 11 doubles, three triples, a home run and 14 walks while hitting .234.

Carlos Santana is hitting .237 with 14 doubles, two home runs and 23 walks.

Rangers and Pirates Injuries

Rangers: Mitch Garver: 10 Day IL (Knee), Travis Jankowski: 10 Day IL (Hamstring), Jacob deGrom: 15 Day IL (Elbow), Spencer Howard: 60 Day IL (Lat), Brett Martin: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Jake Odorizzi: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Glenn Otto: 60 Day IL (Lat)

Pirates: Vince Velásquez: 15 Day IL (Elbow), Wil Crowe: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Ji-Man Choi: 60 Day IL (Achilles), Oneil Cruz: 60 Day IL (Ankle), Jarlin García: 60 Day IL (Arm), Max Kranick: 60 Day IL (Elbow), JT Brubaker: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Duane Underwood Jr.: day-to-day (Forearm)

Rangers vs. Pirates Prediction

  • Score Prediction: Rangers 7, Pirates 6
  • Total Prediction: Over 9 runs
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