Tampa Bay Rays vs. Texas Rangers - 5/7/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Rangers (10-16) at Tampa Bay Rays (14-13)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
N Martinez (2-0) (0.84) vs. C Archer (3-3) (1.64)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -161 / Texas Rangers +151 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Southwest, SunSports
The Texas Rangers look to open their series at the Tampa Bay Rays with a win Thursday.
The Tampa Bay Rays are in the jumbled up American League East where every team is within a few games of one another. The Rays picked up a game in the standings with a Yankees loss and a 5-3 victory at Boston Wednesday night. Starter Alex Colome tossed a competitive five frames with a pair of runs scored on four hits with zero walks. The bats did their damage on nine hits and nine base on balls wih Evan Longoria slamming a pair of solo homers and scoring three times while Joey Butler rapped a two run single. Chris Archer opposes the Rangers on the mound on Thursday night. Archer has been the best the Rays have to offer although he stumbled in a 4-0 loss at Baltimore with all four runs given up on six hits and four BB over six frames.
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Baseball can be as unpredictable as the weather and nobody could have predicted that the Texas Rangers would march in to Minute Maid Park and dominate Houston in sweeping their three game set. The Rangers finished off the Astros in style Wednesday in an 11-3 rout behind great pitching and an offensive explosion. Starter Colby Lewis was at his best with a lone run scored on six hits and six K’s through eight frames to even his record at 2-2. Carlos Peguero smacked a pair of homers and knocked in three with three runs scored while Robinson Chirinos driving in three more with a pair scored. Shin-Soo Choo clubbed a two run jack while Delino DeShields Jr. drove in two more.Nicholas Martinez takes the ball at Tampa Bay looking to continue his hot start. Martinez is coming in off an 8-7 victory against Oakland with five runs allowed (two earned) on seven hits in six innings.
Texas are 3-8 in their last 11 Thursday games and the under is 5-2-1 in their last 8 overall while the over is 7-3-1 in the Rangers last 11 on astroturf. The under is 11-1 in Tampa Bay’s last 12 overall and is 7-1 in their last 8 games as a favorite while the Rays are 6-2 in their last 8 games as a favorite. The Rangers are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings. Just going with the better team and hoping they score but I wouldn’t lay too much juice…