Texas Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Rays
With their ALDS series tied at a game each, the Tampa Bay Rays and the Texas Rangers meet for game three as the series moves to Tampa Bay. The Rays are -135 favorites over the Rangers with an over/under run total set at 7.5.
After taking game one of the ALDS in dominating fashion, the Rays dropped game two of the series but we have to think if anyone offered them a split in Arlington they would have taken it. In game two Matt Joyce and Evan Longoria homered and B.J. Upton had three hits as the Rays scored six runs on nine hits including a late rally that fell short. On the mound James Shields just didn’t have his best stuff as he allowed eight hits and seven earned runs while striking out six to take the loss. For game three the Rays start David Price who had a no decision and a loss in his two games against the Rangers this season. For the year Price has allowed 192 hits and 87 earned runs while striking out 218 in 224.1 innings of work. After the Rays rallied to end the season and in their final game of the regular season, expect a boisterous crowd and for not a single person to leave the stadium until the final out is recorded.
The Texas Rangers came out flat in game one of the ALDS and before they knew it they were in a huge hole in game one that they never got out of but in game two the Ranger won to knot the series. Mitch Moreland homered and Mike Napoli, Michael Young, and Ian Kinsler each had two hits as the Rangers scored eight times on 10 hits. On the mound Dave Holland allowed six hits and three runs over five innings to get the win while Nefatali Feliz put out the fire to get the save. For game three Texas starts Colby Lewis who faced the Rays once this year allowing four hits over eight shutout innings. For the season Lewis has allowed 187 hits and 98 earned runs while striking out 169 over 200.1 innings of work.
Tampa Bay is 6-1 in their last seven games overall, 1-4 in their last five home playoff games, and 2-6 in Price’s last eight home starts. Texas is 5-1 in their last six games against a left handed starter, 7-1 in their last eight road games, and 6-16 in Lewis’ last 22 road starts against a team with a winning record.
This has been a big hitting series already and this one should follow that same trend as this is a series that is going to be won with the bats. Take the over 7.5 here.