Texas Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Pick & Prediction MAY 24th 2023

Stadium: PNC Park Pittsburgh
Logo Texas Rangers
Logo Pittsburgh Pirates

-1.5 +145
9o -110



Despite a few hiccups, the Texas Rangers have been playing with plenty of confidence on the road this month, and their record away from home has been a good indicator of that.

Boasting an 8-4 record outside of Arlington, Texas, in May, the Rangers will look to continue being road warriors on Wednesday when they conclude a three-game series with the host Pittsburgh Pirates.

Texas emerged from Tuesday's contest with a 6-1 victory, anchored by a complete game from starter Nathan Eovaldi. Left-hander Martin Perez (5-1, 4.01 ERA) will be looking to replicate that performance on Wednesday after allowing two runs on seven hits in seven innings of a victory against the Colorado Rockies last Friday.

Perez is 2-1 on the road this season, but he has posted a 5.28 ERA through six starts away from Globe Life Field.

Pittsburgh might try to take a page or two out of the Rangers' book, as Wednesday marks the Pirates' last home game of the month. Pittsburgh will open a six-game trip on Friday, playing three games in Seattle before heading to San Francisco.

Right-hander Johan Oviedo (3-3, 4.69) will get the nod for the Pirates after giving up just one run on two hits in six innings of a win against the Arizona Diamondbacks last Friday.

Oviedo has allowed just two runs over his last two starts spanning 11 innings, and he attributed a lot of that success to his sinker.

"Really happy," Oviedo said of how he feels about his sinker after his outing against Arizona, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "It was amazing. So glad it worked out the way we wanted. Hopefully we can stick with it."


Only two players in Texas' lineup -- Robbie Grossman and Brad Miller -- have recorded at-bats against Oviedo, who made his major league debut on Aug. 19, 2020.

That unfamiliarity could make it even tougher to hit a Pittsburgh pitching staff that has the second-best ERA in the National League (3.78). Only the Atlanta Braves (3.64 ERA) have fared better.

However, the Pirates also might not have a grip on Perez, who has only faced four Pittsburgh hitters. Veterans Carlos Santana and Andrew McCutchen have seen Perez the most, with Santana sporting a .250 average (7-for-28) against the southpaw and McCutchen hitting .353 (6-for-17) against him.

What Perez has on his side is run support, though, as the Rangers have scored the most runs in the majors this season with 307. Texas is averaging a whopping 6.4 runs per contest and has scored at least five in six of its last seven games.

Getting shortstop Corey Seager back in the lineup has been a big reason for the recent success, as Seager is hitting .348 (8-for-23) with two home runs and 10 RBIs in six games since returning from the injured list. He had missed 31 games because of a left hamstring strain.

"I feel good," Seager said. "This lineup is really good, and hitting is contagious. Everybody wants to pass the baton and keep moving. That's all we're trying to do."

--Field Level Media

Texas Rangers
Pittsburgh Pirates

Texas Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Recap MAY 24TH 2023

Marcus Semien homered in a three-run first inning on Wednesday as the visiting Texas Rangers topped the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 in the rubber match of a series.

Josh Jung added an RBI double for the Rangers, who have won five of six.

Texas starter Martin Perez (6-1) gave up two runs and six hits in seven innings, with three strikeouts and two walks. Will Smith got his first career five-out save, his ninth overall this season.

Jason Delay hit an RBI single for the Pirates, who have lost four of five.

Pittsburgh starter Johan Oviedo (3-4) allowed three runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings, with five strikeouts and two walks. He pitched an immaculate inning in the fourth.

Semien hit his eighth homer of the season to left on the second pitch of the game for a 1-0 Texas lead.

After Corey Seager grounded out, Nathaniel Lowe singled to left and Adolis Garcia singled to center. Jung knocked in Lowe with a double to left. Jonah Heim reached on a fielder's choice when first baseman Carlos Santana got to the ball several feet off the bag but was slow throwing home, allowing Garcia to score for a 3-0 edge.

Santana led off the Pittsburgh second with a walk and went to second on Connor Joe's single to left. Rodolfo Castro reached on an infield hit off Perez's glove to load the bases. Santana scored on Jack Suwinski's groundout to close it to 3-1. Delay's bloop single to shallow center brought in Joe to make it 3-2.

In the fourth, Oviedo struck out Heim, Robbie Grossman and Josh H. Smith on nine pitches, making him the second Pirates pitcher this season to log an immaculate inning. Reliever Colin Holderman did it May 4 at Tampa Bay.

Pittsburgh loaded the bases with one out in the eighth against reliever Jose Leclerc.

Ke'Bryan Hayes and Santana both singled to center, with the latter yielding to pinch-runner Ji Hwan Bae. Joe walked. Smith replaced Leclerc and got Castro to fly out to left, too shallow for Hayes to score, and struck out Suwinski.

--Field Level Media