Rays vs. Rangers - 5/8/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Rangers (11-16) at Tampa Bay Rays (15-13)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 8, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
Y Gallardo (2-4) (4.05) vs. N Karns (1-1) (4.05)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -130 / Texas Rangers +120 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-SW, SunSports
The Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays play game two of their series Friday night.
The Texas Rangers look to build on their four-game winning streak. The Rangers have scored 23 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Rangers have won four straight games when scoring more than three runs. Prince Fielder leads Texas with 38 hits and 14 RBI while Shin-Soo Choo and Leonys Martin have combined for 20 RBI. The Texas Rangers have won five straight games on the road. Yovani Gallardo takes the hill, and he’s 2-4 with a 4.05 ERA and 27 strikeouts this season. This will be Gallardo’s second career game against the Rays.
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The Tampa Bay Rays need a win after losing four of their last six games. The Rays have scored nine runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Rays have lost five of their last seven games when scoring three or less runs. Logan Forsythe leads Tampa Bay with 29 hits and 12 RBI while Steven Souza Jr. and David DeJesus have combined for 21 RBI. The Tampa Bay Rays have won five of their last six games on their home field. Nathan Karns gets the ball, and he’s 1-1 with a 4.05 ERA and 29 strikeouts this season. This will be Karns’ first career game against the Rangers.
The Rangers are 17-35 in their last 52 during game 2 of a series and 1-4 in their last 5 Friday games. The Rays are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. American League West and 2-5 in Karns' last 7 starts. The Rangers are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings.
The Rays have played their best ball at home it's only a matter of time before the Rangers start to cool off. Don't love this game, but if forced to pick, I'm siding with the home team and the slight chalk.