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Rangers vs. Rays - 9/30/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays (66-93) at Texas Rangers (94-65)

MLB Baseball: Friday, September 30, 2016 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)

M Andriese (8-6) (4.34) vs. Y Darvish (6-5) (3.53)

The Line: Texas Rangers -210 / Tampa Bay Rays +194 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: SUN/FSSW

The Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers begin a three-game series Friday night to end the year.

The Tampa Bay Rays look to win back-to-back games for the first time since September 14-15. The Rays have allowed 17 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Tampa Bay Rays have an ERA of 4.23 and have lost six straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Evan Longoria leads Tampa Bay with 169 hits, Brad Miller has 81 RBI and Logan Forsythe has 20 home runs. Matt Andriese gets the nod, and he’s 8-7 with a 4.34 ERA and 103 strikeouts this season. Andriese is 0-1 with a 7.00 ERA and six strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.

Rangers vs. Rays - 9/30/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Texas Rangers look to finish the regular season hot after winning six of their last nine games. The Rangers have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Texas Rangers offense has been hit or miss as of late, and they’ve won eight of their last 10 games when scoring more than three runs. Ian Desmond leads Texas with 176 hits, Adrian Beltre has 103 RBI and Rougned Odor has 32 home runs. Yu Darvish takes the hill, and he’s 6-5 with a 3.53 ERA and 120 strikeouts this season. Darvish is 3-0 with a 1.00 ERA and 28 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.

TheRays are 17-39 in their last 56 during game 1 of a series and 3-8 in Andrieses last 11 starts. The Rangers are 4-1 in their last 5 games following an off day and 7-2 in Darvishs last 9 starts. The Rangers are 4-0 in Darvishs last 4 starts vs. Rays.

The Rays continue to have a hard time stringing wins together and now have to go up against Darvish, a pitcher who has owned them in the few games he's pitched. Unless you're a fan of taking a shot in the dark with big plus money, there's no reason to back the Rays on the road against one of the better pitchers in the league. Rangers roll here. 

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Texas Rangers -1.5

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