Tampa Bay Rays vs. Texas Rangers
The Tampa Bay Rays and the Texas Rangers meet on Tuesday for game two of their series at Tropicana Field. The Rangers are -120 favorites over the Rays with an over/under run total set at 8.
The Tampa Bay Rays may be the best team to not make the post season this year but finishing with the best record of all teams not to make the playoffs isn’t what they had in mind. On Monday Evan Longoria and B.J. Upton homered and Casey Kotchman had a hit and drove in two runs as they Rays scored five times on six hits. Starter James Shields had a big day on the mound allowing four hits and a run while striking out as he went the distance for his 14th win of the year. For Tuesday’s game Tampa Bay starts Jeff Niemann who has lost two of his last three starts. For the season Niemann has allowed 110 hits and 48 earned runs while striking out 91 over 117 inning of work.
The Texas Rangers are still battling it out in the American League West and it may come down to their final series of the year when they play the Angels. On Monday Elvis Andrus had two hits and scored a run and Adrian Beltre and Mitch Moreland each had hits and the Rangers managed one run on four hits. On the mound starter Scott Feldman allowed four hits and four runs over five innings to take his first loss of the year. For Tuesday’s rematch Texas starts C.J. Wilson who has won four of his last five starts. For the season Wilson has allowed 168 hits and 70 earned runs while striking out 173 over 192 innings of work.
Tampa Bay is 5-1 in their last six game two of a series, 11-4 in their last 15 home games, and 5-2 in Niemann’s last seven home starts. Texas is 10-5 in their last 15 road games, 9-3 in their last 12 road games against a right handed starter, and 2-7 in Wilson’s last nine road starts against a team with a winning record. Texas is 5-2 in their last seven games in Tampa Bay.
This should be a low scoring game as we have two solid pitchers and a playoff type atmosphere. Take the under 8 here.