Texas Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Rays 8/11/14 MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction
Tampa Bay Rays (57-60) at Texas Rangers (46-71)
MLB Baseball: Monday, August 11, 2014 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
Drew Smyly (L) (5-10) (4.254) vs. Colby Lewis (R) (8-8) (5.497)
The Line: Texas Rangers +113 / Tampa Bay Rays -123 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Southwest, SUN
The Texas Rangers and the Tampa Bay Rays face off on Monday in Texas for game one of their series.
The Texas Rangers have the worst record in the American League and are tied for the worst overall record in baseball as they play out the season. The Rangers are 21-33 at home, 4-6 in their last 10 games, and they are coming off of a win against the Astros on Sunday. As a team the Rangers are hitting .258 with Adrian Beltre hitting .320, Alex Rios hitting .294, and Elvis Andrus hitting .274. As a team the Rangers pitching staff has an ERA of 4.82 with the starters at 5.04 and the bullpen at 4.42. For gae one against the Rays the Rangers start Colby Lewis who has won his last two starts. For the season Lewis has allowed 149 hits and 68 earned runs while striking out 91 over 111.1 innings for an 8-8 record and a 5.50 ERA.
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The Tampa Bay Rays are fading out of the AL post-season race but the aren’t done just yet. The Rays are 30-28 on the road, 4-6 in their last 10 games, and they are coming off of an extra inning loss to the Cubs on Sunday. As a team the Rays are hitting .254 with James Loney hitting .287, Ben Zobrist hitting .285, and Matt Joyce hitting .279. The Rays pitching staff has a 3.60 ERA with the starters at 3.62 and the bullpen at 3.54. For Monday’s game the Rays start Drew Smyly who lost his first outing since being traded to Tampa Bay. In his first game for the Rays Smyly allowed seven hits and three runs while striking out six over 5.1 innings to take the loss.
Texas is 12-30 in their last 42 home games, 3-13 at home against a left-handed starter, and Texas is 1-4 in Lewis’ last five starts. Tampa Bay is 11-2 as a road favorite, 5-2 in game one of a series, and 2-6 against a right-handed starter. Texas is 5-1 in Lewis’ last six starts against Tampa Bay.
Lewis has pitched well recently but the Rays are the better team and I look for them to get it done here.
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