Put Your Wagers On The Visiting Nationals in Texas

Nationals vs Rangers Betting: Washington Keeps Winning On Road

A pair of MLB teams trying to stay above the .500 mark square off for a three-game Interleague series beginning Monday, with the Washington Nationals visiting the Texas Rangers. The Nationals vs Rangers betting odds favor Texas to start even if Washington comes with a five-game road winning streak. They swept the Miami Marlins over the weekend.

The Nationals head into this series in a tie with the New York Mets for third place in the NL East, sitting four games behind the second-place Philadelphia Phillies. Texas is considered one of the MLB best bets today for this series opener. They are -146 on the moneyline while Washington is +131.

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The Rangers have alternated wins and losses over the eight games before this series. Texas (15-14) is in a tight race for the top spot in the AL West, trailing the first-place Seattle Mariners by a game.

If you want to bet the run line, you can get the Nationals at -155 when getting 1.5 runs, while the Rangers are listed at +135 when giving those runs. The over/under has been set at 8.5 runs, with the over listed at -115 and the under -105.

The series will have 8:05 p.m. ET first pitches for the first two games on Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by a 2:35 p.m. ET start for the series finale on Thursday.

Game 1

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Records: Washington Nationals (14-14), Texas Rangers (15-14)
Location: Globe Life Field, Arlington, Texas
Streaming: BSSW

Pitching Matchups

⚾ Game 1 ⚾

  • MacKenzie Gore (Washington) vs Jon Gray (Texas)

The Nationals will have lefty MacKenzie Gore getting the start in the series opener. Gore is 2-2 with a 3.12 ERA in five starts, striking out 31 in 26 innings of work. He’s coming off a hard-luck loss against the Los Angeles Dodgers last Thursday, pitching six innings of one-run ball on seven hits.

This game could have one of the lower MLB scores today, with the Rangers putting Jon Gray on the mound for his sixth start and seventh overall appearance of 2024. Gray is 0-1 with a 2.92 ERA and has been stingy in giving up runs for much of the season. The right-hander went 4.2 innings against the Mariners in his last outing, allowing one run on seven hits while striking out seven.

⚾ Game 2 ⚾

  • Trevor Williams (Washington) vs Andrew Heaney (Texas)

Right-hander Trevor Williams will be on the mound for the second game of the series for Washington, bringing a 2-0 record and 2.70 ERA. Williams has made five starts this season, allowing just one run in three of them. He’s coming off a five-inning start against the Marlins on Friday in which he gave up one run on five hits.

The Rangers are hoping to get left-hander Andrew Heaney his first win of the season in Wednesday’s contest. Heaney is 0-3 with a 6.26 ERA in five starts, striking out 22 in 23 innings. The lefty struggled in his last start, allowing four runs on five hits over six innings against the Mariners, including allowing a pair of home runs. He did tie his season high with seven strikeouts in the contest.

⚾ Game 3 ⚾

  • Mitchell Parker (Washington) vs Nathan Eovaldi (Texas)

The Nationals will have one of the better pitchers going in today’s baseball games, with lefty Mitchell Parker looking to improve on his 2-0 record and 1.69 ERA. The 24-year-old will be making his fourth start of the season, having allowed just three earned runs in his first three outings. He took a no-decision in going four innings against Miami on Saturday, allowing one run on six hits while striking out two and walking two.

Veteran Nathan Eovaldi will take the ball for the Rangers in the series finale. The right-hander is 1-2 with a 3.00 ERA in six starts this season, striking out 36 in 36 innings. He was solid in his last start against the Cincinnati Reds on Friday, giving up one run on three hits over six innings, striking out eight. He also had five walks in that game, giving him 11 over his last two starts.

Nationals’ Offense Is Waking Up

Looking at the MLB stats, Washington would be considered to have the worse offense in this matchup, tying for 19th in the majors in runs with 117. But the Nationals have been waking up at the plate of late, averaging 10.0 runs over their last three MLB games.

Shortstop CJ Abrams has been a part of that resurgence, coming into this game on a five-game hit streak and having hit a home run in Monday’s win over the Marlins. He’s the team leader in most offensive categories, batting .297 with five doubles, four triples, seven home runs, 17 RBI and 21 runs scored.

The Rangers have their own big hitter in outfielder Adolis Garcia. The All-Star is batting .291 with seven doubles, eight home runs, 25 RBI and 19 runs scored. Garcia needs to be a bit more consistent at the plate, however, as he enters this three-game set having gone 2-for-17 over the last five games, though those two hits were both home runs.

Nationals Stay Hot With Series Win

The defending World Series champion Rangers have been extremely inconsistent of late, both on the mound and at the plate. That’s not a good thing with the Nationals coming in on a hot streak and looking to keep pace in the NL East

Texas may be the favorite in most games of this series, but our Nationals vs Rangers betting advice is to put your money on the visitors. Washington rides a hot pitching staff to at least two wins in this series.

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