Tampa Bay Rays vs. Texas Rangers
Two contenders in the American League face off as the Tampa Bay Rays host the Texas Rangers. The Rays are -125 favorites over the Rangers with an over/under run total set at 9 runs.
The Tampa Bay Rays start the week two games back in the American League East and in third place in the always-competitive division. The Rays are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 13-14 at home this season, and have outscored their opponents 29 runs. As a team Tampa Bay is hitting .245 led by Matt Joyce hitting at .365, Johnny Damon at .276, and Ben Zobrist at .253. As a team the Rays pitching staff has an ERA of 3.53 with the starters at 3.53 and the bullpen at 3.55. For game one against the Rangers Tampa Bay starts Wade Davis who is winless in his last three starts. For the season Davis has allowed 62 hits and 26 earned runs while striking out 30 over 63 innings of work.
The Texas Rangers are in first place in the American League West but there is just a game and a half separating first and last place in the division. The Rangers have won their last two in a row, are 5-5 in their last 10 games, and 9-14 on the road this season. As a team Texas is hitting .257 with Michael Young hitting .355, Josh Hamilton hitting .318, and Mitch Moreland hitting .296. As a staff the Rangers Pitchers have a team ERA of 3.62 with the starters at 3.37 and the bullpen at 4.25. For game one against the Rays Texas starts Derek Holland who has six straight no decisions. For the season Holland has allowed 69 hits and 31 earned runs while striking out 48 in 59.2 innings of work.
Tampa Bay is 4-9 in their last 13 home games against a team with a winning record, 3-6 in their last nine games overall, and 2-5 in Davis’ last seven home starts against a team with a winning record. Texas is 5-11 in their last 16 road games, 2-7 in their last nine against the American League East, and 4-14 in Holland’s last 18 road starts. Texas is 6-13 in the last 19 meetings in Tampa Bay.
We have two pitchers who give up a lot runs and rely on support and two line-ups that support their pitchers. This could be a long afternoon but a good game for those who love offense. Take the over 9 today in this game.