Texas Rangers (5-7) at Tampa Bay Rays (5-7)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
Jordan Lyles (1-0) (4.50) vs. Rich Hill (1-0) (7.20)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -175 / Texas Rangers +161 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays meet Thursday in MLB action at Tropicana Field.
The Texas Rangers look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Rangers have scored 13 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in four of their last seven games. The Rangers have lost four of their last five games when scoring three or less runs. Jose Trevino leads the Rangers with 12 hits while Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Nate Lowe have combined for 23 hits and 22 RBI. Jordan Lyles gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA and nine strikeouts this season. Lyles is 0-0 with a 1.69 ERA and five strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
The Tampa Bay Rays look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Rays have scored five runs in their last three games and three or less runs in four of their last eight games. The Rays have lost four of their last six games when scoring three or less runs. Randy Arozarena leads the Rays with 13 hits and five RBI while Austin Meadows and Joey Wendle have combined for 18 hits and 11 RBI. Rich Hill gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 7.20 ERA and 11 strikeouts this season. Hill is 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA and six strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.
The Rangers are 18-43 in their last 61 road games and 16-36 in their last 52 overall. The Rays are 49-17 in their last 66 home games and 35-16 in their last 51 games as a favorite. The over is 4-1-1 in Rangers last 6 road games. The over is 8-2 in Rays last 10 overall. The under is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings in Tampa Bay and 8-3-1 in the last 12 meetings.
Tampa Bay Rays have done enough to be given a look in the underdog role, but I'm just not sold on this team overall and Lyles isn't a pitcher I want to back on the road. Rich Hill is much better than what he's shown up to this point this season and the Rays offense is bound to break out of this funk eventually. The Rays should win this contest. Give me the home team and the RL for max betting value.