Texas Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/12/14
Tampa Bay Rays (57-60) at Texas Rangers (46-71)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
Jeremy Hellickson (R) (1-1) (2.612) vs. Nick Tepesech (R) (4-6) (4.356)
The Line: Texas Rangers +109 / Tampa Bay Rays -119 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Sun Sports, FSN-SW
The Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers meet Tuesday night at the Globe Life Park in Arlington.
The Rays have split their last 10 games and are two games below a .500 record. The Rays pitching staff has given the Rays a chance to win every game, allowing three or less runs in eight of their last nine games. Overall, the Rays have an ERA of 3.58, which is 11th in baseball, and they’ve won 13 of their last 17 games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Evan Longoria has seven RBIs in his last 10 games and Desmond Jennings has seven RBIs in his last eight games. Jeremy Hellickson gets the ball, and he’s 1-1 with a 2.61 ERA and has 14 strikeouts in 20.2 innings. Hellickson is 0-3 with a 5.03 ERA in four career starts against the Rangers.
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The Rangers are 3-7 in the month of August and 26 games below .500. The issue for the Rangers remains pitching, as they’ve allowed four or more runs in 10 of their last 17 games. Overall, the Rangers have an ERA of 4.81, which is 29th in the majors, and they’ve lost 24 straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Adrian Beltre has a hit in eight of his last 10 games and Elvis Andrus has 12 hits in his last 10 games. Starting is Nick Tepesch, who is 4-7 with a 4.46 ERA and has 39 strikeouts in 72.2 innings. This is Tepesch’s second career game against the Rays.
The Rays are 6-1 in Hellicksons last 7 starts vs. a team with a losing record and 2-5 in Hellicksons last 7 road starts. The Rangers are 4-1 in Tepeschs last 5 starts with 5 days of rest and 1-4 in Tepeschs last 5 starts overall.
You know the drill. I've made a killing this year fading the Rangers all season and that shouldn't change here. Take the Rays for the cheap price.