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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Texas Rangers - 7/21/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas Rangers (45-50) at Tampa Bay Rays (51-45)

MLB Baseball: Friday, July 21, 2017 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

Y Darvish (6-8) (3.38) vs. A Cobb (8-6) (3.59)

The Line: Tampa Bay Rays +107 / Texas Rangers -117 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: SUN, FSSW

The Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays meet Friday in MLB action at Tropicana Field.

The Texas Rangers could use a victory here to snap a five-game losing streak. The Rangers have allowed 31 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last five games. The Texas Rangers have lost seven straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Elvis Andrus led the Rangers with 104 hits and 50 RBI while Rougned Odor and Nomar Mazara have combined for 159 hits and 97 RBI. Yu Darvish gets the ball, and he is 6-8 with a 3.45 ERA and 131 strikeouts this season. Darvish is 4-0 with a 1.09 ERA and 40 strikeouts in his career against the Rays. 

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Texas Rangers - 7/21/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Tampa Bay Rays look for another victory after winning four of their last six games. The Rays have allowed 12 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Tampa Bay Rays have won 17 straight games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Corey Dickerson leads the Rays with 114 hits and 42 RBI while Evan Longoria and Steven Souza Jr. have combined for 188 hits and 117 RBI. Alex Cobb gets the ball, and he is 8-6 with a 3.59 ERA and 80 strikeouts this season. Cobb is 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA and 23 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.

The Rangers are 7-20 in their last 27 vs. American League East, 1-4 in Darvishs last 5 road starts and 0-6 in Darvishs last 6 starts. The Rays are 5-0 in their last 5 games following an off day, 11-5 in their last 16 home games and 4-1 in Cobbs last 5 starts. The Rangers are 5-0 in Darvishs last 5 starts vs. Rays, 1-4 in the last 5 meetings and the over is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings.

The Rangers are just a mess right now, and while Darvish has been decent in his last several outings, they've won just one of his last 10 starts. Meanwhile, the Rays are playing great baseball, have been lights out at home, are rested, and Cobb has allowed just one run and eight hits in his last 15.2 innings. Cobb also has an ERA of 2.64 at home this season. Give me the Rays in this game, especially with the plus money.

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