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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Texas Rangers - 7/23/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas Rangers (46-50) at Tampa Bay Rays (51-46)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 1:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

T Ross (2-2) (7.22) vs. J Odorizzi (6-4) (4.37)

The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -135 / Texas Rangers +125 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSSW, SUN

Down in St. Petersburg at Tropicana Field on Sunday, the Texas Rangers and the Tampa Bay Rays will be finishing up their MLB series. 

In the Friday opener, the Rangers eked out a 4-3 win. On Saturday, Texas eked out a 4-3 victory once again by scoring three runs in the sixth. The Rangers were out-hit 7-5 in that one. 

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Texas Rangers - 7/23/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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For the Sunday game, the Rangers will be bringing out RHP Tyson Ross. In his 28.2 innings and 2-2 record this year, Ross has a 7.22 ERA with 22 Ks and 16 BBs. 

The Rangers have some solid bats this year. Elvis Andrus led the way coming into the weekend with 107 hits, 56 runs, 12 homers and 52 RBI. Shin-Soo Choo had 80 hits, 52 runs, 14 homers and 48 RBI. On Saturday, Choo popped a hit with a run; Andrus had a homer with three hits and two runs. 

Over on the Rays’ side, they’re going with RHP Jake Odorizzi on Sunday. In his 90.2 innings and 6-4 record this year, Odorizzi has a 4.37 ERA with 77 Ks and 32 BBs. 

Tampa has some solid hitters as well. Corey Dickerson came into the weekend with 117 hits, 62 runs, 18 homers and 43 RBI, while Evan Longoria managed 99 hits, 51 runs, 14 homers and 57 RBI in that time. On Saturday, Dickerson whiffed 0-for-4, but Longoria had two hits and two RBI. 

The Rangers are 1-4 in their last five Sunday games, and 1-5 in their last six during game three of a series. The under is 70-33-7 in the Rangers’ last 110 Sunday games, and Texas is 2-5 in their last seven overall. 

Meanwhile, the Rays are 1-5 in their last six during game three of a series, and 3-8 in Odorizzi’s last 11 Sunday starts. Tampa is also 1-5 in Odorizzi’s last six home starts and 0-4 in Odorizzi’s last four starts on astroturf. 

Ross has been pretty unstable this year. In his last outing he coughed up eight earned in 3.1 innings against Baltimore, and has given up seven or more earned twice this year. As for Odorizzi, he gave up seven earned in 4.1 innings against the Red Sox, but bounced back in his most recent appearance with one earned in 7.0 innings on one hit. I’m not thrilled with either pitcher here, but I trust Odorizzi just a little more. Give me the Rays in this one. They're not going to get swept. 

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