Series Preview: Texas Rangers vs. Atlanta Braves 4/19-4/21

Series Preview: Texas Rangers vs Atlanta Braves 4/19-4/21

The Texas Rangers are continuing their road trip back down south to meet the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park. The Braves are returning home from Texas, where they have just faced the Houston Astros. The Rangers are coming off a series W/L/T against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit, and the Braves are coming off a series sweep against the Astros. The Braves return home to Atlanta with a 12-5 record and the Rangers arrive with a

Texas Rangers (11-9) vs. Atlanta Braves (12-5)

Game 1:

Date: Friday, April 19th
Time: 6:20 pm CDT
Broadcast: Apple TV+, 105.3 The Fan

Game 2:

Date: Saturday, April 20th
Time: 6:20 pm CDT
Broadcast: BSSW, MLBN, 105.3 The Fan

Game 3:

Date: Sunday, April 21st
Time: 6:10 pm CDT
Broadcast: ESPN, 105.3 The Fan

Probable Starting Pitchers

Game 1: Andrew Heaney (0-2, 6.75 ERA) vs. Chris Sale (1-1, 4.58 ERA)

Andrew Heaney has made three starts this season, allowing 12 hits, 11 runs, nine earned runs, one home run, seven walks, and ten strikeouts across 12.0 innings. In his two-year career with the Rangers, he has made 37 appearances, 31 of which have been starts, allowing 155 hits, 85 runs, 77 earned runs, 24 home runs, 67 walks, and recorded 161 strikeouts across 159.1 innings.

Chris Sale has made three starts for the Atlanta Braves this season, allowing 15 hits, nine earned runs, two home runs, five walks, and struck out 20 across 17.2 innings of work. The 2024 season is his first season with the Atlanta Braves.

Game 2: Nathan Eovaldi (1-1, 2.92 ERA) vs. Charlie Morton (1-0, 5.29 ERA)

Nathan Eovaldi has made four starts in the 2024 season. He has recorded 24.2 innings in those four starts, allowing 19 hits, eight runs, eight earned runs, three home runs, six walks, and 22 strikeouts. In his two-year career with the Rangers, he has pitched in 29 games for a total of 168.2 innings, allowing 136 hits, 67 runs, 68 earned runs, 18 home runs, 53 walks, and striking out 154 batters.

Charlie Morton has bade three starts for the Braves this season, allowing 15 hits, ten earned runs, two home runs, eight walks and struck out zero across 17.0 innings of work. In his four-year career with Atlanta, he has appeared in 97 games, all of which have been starts. He allowed 450 hits, 242 runs, 228 earned runs, 60 home runs, 212 walks, three intentional walks, and 622 strikeouts across 538 innings.

Game 3: Michael Lorenzen (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Darius Vines (0-0, 1.93 ERA)

Michael Lorenzen made his debut for the Texas Rangers on April 15th against the Detroit Tigers. He recorded 5.0 innings, allowing three hits, no runs, five walks, and struck out four batters. Lorenzen came to the Rangers at the very beginning of the season, and due to that, he spent a bit of time with the AAA affiliate, the Round Rock Express. He pitched three games for the Express for a total of 11.1 innings, allowing 12 hits, eight earned runs, one home run, nine walks, and struck out 13.

Darius Vines made his 2024 season debut on April 15th against the Houston Astros. He recorded 4.2 innings, allowing four hits, one earned run, three walks, and four strikeouts. In his two-year career with the Atlanta Braves he has appeared in six games, allowing 19 hits, 11 runs, ten earned runs, three home runs, ten walks, and 18 strikeouts across 25.0 innings of work.

Texas Rangers vs Atlanta Braves Leaders

Rangers:

Texas Rangers vs Atlanta Braves Leaders

Rangers:

AVG – Adolis Garcia – .311
HR – Adolis Garcia – 5
RBI – Adolis Garcia – 18
IP – Nathan Eovaldi – 24.2
ERA – Nathan Eovaldi – 2.92
K – Nathan Eovaldi/Dane Dunning – 22

Braves:

AVG – Orlando Arcia – .377
HR – Marcell Ozuna – 8
RBI – Marcell Ozuna – 23
IP – Reynaldo Lopez – 18.0
ERA – Reynaldo Lopez – 0.50
K – Chris Sale – 20

Texas Rangers vs Atlanta Braves Numbers

Rangers

AVG: .262 (5th)
OPS: .735 (10th)
R: 103 (6th)
HR: 18 (T-16th)
ERA: 3.97 (14th)
K: 167 (13th)
WHIP: 1.29 (17th)

Braves

AVG: .294 (1st)
OPS: .842 (1st)
R: 108 (2nd)
HR: 20 (T-13th)
ERA: 4.41 (24th)
K: 139 (27th)
WHIP: 1.33 (21st)

Wrap Up

This matchup will definitely be an exciting one. The Texas Rangers currenly lead the American League West with a record of 11-9 and the Braves enter this matchup on top of the National League East with a 12-5 record. Both of these teams have been electric to start the season, and this series will be no different. Following this series, the Texas Rangers will travel back home to Arlington to enjoy a well deserved off day before beginning a three-series homestand starting with the three-game series against the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday, April 23rd. The Atlanta Braves will remain home to host a two-series homestand of their own, beginning with a three-game series against the Miami Marlins.

Jamie Lawless

A lifelong Texas Rangers fan living in Birdland. Covering the 2023 World Series Champion Texas Rangers & the 2023 American League East Champion Baltimore Orioles. Always & #Forever29

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