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Texas Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 8/14/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays (58-56) at Texas Rangers (56-57)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 14, 2015 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)

N Karns (7-5) (3.52) vs. M Perez (1-2) (5.81)

The Line: Texas Rangers -130 / Tampa Bay Rays +120 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Southwest, SUN

The Texas Rangers and the Tampa Bay Rays face off on Friday in Arlington in game one of their MLB series.

The Texas Rangers continue to hover around the .500 mark as they try and keep their post-season hopes alive. The Rangers are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 23-29 at home, and they are five games back in the AL West and three games behind the Angels for the final Wildcard spot in the American League. As a team the Rangers are hitting .254 with Prince Fielder hitting .327, Mitch Moreland hitting .295, and Adrian Beltre hitting .263. The Rangers pitching staff has an ERA of 4.52 with the starters at 4.47 and the bullpen at 4.62. For game one against the Rangers the Rays start Martin Perez who has allowed 31 hits and 17 earned runs while striking out 16 over 26.1 innings for a 1-2 record and a 5.81 ERA.

Texas Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 8/14/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Tampa Bay Rays are still very much alive in the post-season race in the American League and they have won their last four games. The Rays are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 27-25 on the road, and they are five games back in AL East. As a team the Rays are hitting .244 with Logan Forsythe hitting .280, Evan Longoria hitting .277, and Asdrubal Cabrera hitting .259. The Rays pitching staff has an ERA of 3.58 with the starters at 3.50 and the bullpen at 3.71. For game one at Texas the Rays start Nathan Karns who has allowed 110 hits and 49 earned runs while striking out 121 over 125.1 innings for a 7-5 record and a 3.52 ERA.

Texas is 4-0 in their last four home games, 14-6 against the AL East, and 2-6 in Perez’s last 10 hoem starts against a team with a winning record. Tampa Bay is 9-3 in their last 12 road games against a left-handed starter, 6-14 in their last 20 road games, and 4-0 in Karns last four starts. Tampa Bay has won five of their last six games in Texas.

The total in this one is set at 9.0 and I still see the over as the play. My stronger play is on the winning side and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.

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Over 9

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