Rangers at Rays - 8/19/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Rangers (71-50) at Tampa Bay Rays (50-69)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 19, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
C Hamels (12-4) (2.88) vs. M Andriese (6-3) (3.36)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays / Texas Rangers --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays begin a three-game series Friday night.
The Texas Rangers look to keep rolling after winning 10 of their last 14 games. The Rangers have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 14 games. The Texas Rangers offense continues to produce, and they’ve won 11 of their last 12 games when scoring more than three runs. Ian Desmond leads Texas with 141 hits, Adrian Beltre has 77 RBI and Nomar Mazara has 13 home runs. Cole Hamels gets the nod, and he’s 12-4 with a 2.88 ERA and 149 strikeouts this season. Hamels is 0-1 with a 4.22 ERA and 10 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
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The Tampa Bay Rays look for another win after winning five of their last eight games. The Rays have scored 25 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Tampa Bay Rays offense has caught fire recently, and they’ve won six of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Evan Longoria leads Tampa Bay with 134 hits, Brad Miller has 57 RBI and Logan Forsythe has 15 home runs. Matt Andriese takes the hill, and he’s 6-4 with a 3.36 ERA and 70 strikeouts this season. This will be Andriese’s second career game against the Rangers.
The Rangers are 0-4 in their last 4 games following an off day and 28-8 in Hamels' last 36 starts. The Rays are 1-4 in their last 5 games following an off day and 0-4 in Andrieses last 4 starts. The Rangers are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
The Rangers remain one of the hottest teams in the league and now throw out their ace in Hamels, who has an ERA of 1.97 on the road. While the Rays are confident given their recent series against the Padres, you have to like the road team to stay hot.