2019-09-12 19:05:00 EDT
The Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers meet Thursday in MLB action at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
The Tampa Bay Rays look to stay hot after winning 11 of their last 13 games. The Rays have scored 22 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in their last six games. The Tampa Bay Rays have won 10 of their last 11 games when scoring four or more runs. Tommy Pham leads the Rays with 142 hits and 62 RBI while Austin Meadows and Avisail Garcia have combined for 262 hits and 146 RBI. Brendan McKay gets the ball, and he is 2-3 with a 5.03 ERA and 48 strikeouts this season. This will be McKay’s second career game against the Rangers.
The Texas Rangers look for a win after winning five of their last six games. The Rangers have scored 23 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Texas Rangers have won nine straight games when scoring four or more runs. Elvis Andrus leads the Rangers with 148 hits and 64 RBI while Shin-Soo Choo and Danny Santana have combined for 257 hits and 120 RBI. Kolby Allard gets the ball, and he is 4-0 with a 3.78 ERA and 29 strikeouts this season. This will be Allard’s first career game against the Rays.
The Rays are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 3 of a series, 4-0 in their last 4 Thursday games and 1-4 in McKay’s last 5 starts with 5 days of rest. The Rangers are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. American League East, 4-1 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series and 5-0 in Allard’s last 5 starts. The Rays are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Texas and 7-2 in the last 9 meetings. The under is 3-1-1 in Allard’s last 5 starts overall. The over is 4-1 in McKay’s last 5 starts with 5 days of rest.
McKay has allowed 22 hits and 13 earned runs in his last 20 innings, and he has a 4.40 ERA and .268 allowed batting average on the road. Allard has allowed 35 hits and 14 earned runs in 33.1 innings this season, and he’s giving up a .267 allowed batting average and .693 OPS. The Tampa Bay Rays have been one of the more consistent teams over the last month, they need to keep winning to improve their playoff odds, and they haven’t lost back-to-back games since the end of August. I don’t love openers, but give me the Rays anyway.