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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Texas Rangers Prediction, Preview, and Odds – 9-11-2019
On Wednesday night, the Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers will do battle in this AL East vs AL West Division matchup. First pitch is set for 8:05 PM ET, with TBD on the mound for Tampa Bay and Ariel Jurado going for Texas.
Television-wise, the matchup will be broadcast on SUN for Tampa Bay and FSSW for Texas.
Rays Looking To Stay In First Wild Card Spot
The Tampa Bay Rays are swimming fast right now. They are on a mission to get that first wild card spot and claim home field advantage for that one-game playoff. The Rays have won six in a row and are 9-1 in their last ten games. The problem is that they can’t seem to get any breathing room because the Oakland Athletics and Cleveland Indians are hanging around. Tampa Bay is taking care of their easy games until they face some of the best teams in the league.
The Rays are winning a lot of close games and doing what it takes to win. Game 1 of this series is an example of the fight they have right now. Tampa was down 3-0 early in the game and didn’t have much going on offense. Austin Meadows was able to get a game-tying 2-run home run in the eighth inning and then they went on to win 5-3 in 11 innings. Most of the lineup had a hit and Texas was only able to get five hits. Meadows continues to roll for his team and so do the Rays. They will look for their fourth straight series win.
Last Thursday, Tommy Pham did a rare Rays accomplishment by getting 20 home runs and 20 steals in a season. B.J. Upton is the only other Ray to accomplish this and here is what he had to say about it: “I’m not surprised other guys haven’t done it,’’ Upton said Friday. “It’s not an easy thing to do. (Carl Crawford) came close. I think (Kevin Kiermaier) has that potential. The other factor has been the roster turnover. The Rays have had a few guys that could have done it but have since been moved, or moved on.’’
Rangers About To Go Above .500
For the first time in awhile, the Texas Rangers are playing good ball. They are 6-4 in their last ten games and their four-game winning streak just came to an end. Texas might be able to finish the season above .500 and even catch the Boston Red Sox for seventh place in the American League standings. Unlike a lot of the under .500 teams in the league, the Rangers have a decent run differential statistic.
Ariel Jurado started the season doing well as a relief pitcher and now he has been hit or miss as a starting pitcher. The Rangers have lost six of his last seven starts and the team barely scores for him. Lately, he has lasted a few innings, gave up around five runs or so, and usually two home runs.
Texas did get their four-game sweep against the lowly Baltimore Orioles, but some of their confidence did carry over into Game 1 against the Rays. The Rangers were able to get an early 3-0 lead, but that was it. They couldn’t get anything going the rest of the way and they relied on their bullpen to save the day, and it just didn’t happen. If they want to beat a hot team, they need one or two guys to step up and do damage throughout the game. Willie Calhoun and Nick Solak have done their part already. Also, errors costed them in extras, they need to play perfectly because the Rays are at the moment.
Joey Gallo might be back soon for the Rangers. He was hitting great for Texas before getting injured in June. “He looked fine,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. “He said he felt decent after, so it’s a good step. Hopefully he can do that again and maybe get in some games pretty soon.”
- Rangers are 8-20 in their last 28 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Rangers are 0-7 in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning record.
- Rangers are 2-5 in Jurado’s last 7 starts during game 2 of a series.
Tampa Bay is:
- Rays are 4-1 in their last 5 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30.
- Rays are 9-3 in their last 12 during game 2 of a series.
- Rays are 21-7 in their last 28 games vs. a right-handed starter.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Rays have won six in a row and are taking care of business this month against the below average teams. That’s you have to do when you are in the hunt for a playoff spot. They have treated every game like a playoff game and every player seems to be in prime form.
The Rangers are still playing good ball. They made silly errors late in Game 1 and they know they have to be able to hit consistently against whatever starter goes out there for Game 2. Shin-Soo Choo has hit very well this month and he will be the x-factor to start some rallies. Rays win 7-5.
Prediction: Tampa Bay Rays N/A
Full-Game Total Pick
The Rays have won a lot of middle of the ground scoring games and one run games. They have scored at least five runs in the last five games and have done it at anytime in the games. Mystery hitting is dangerous hitting.
The Rangers did plenty of scoring before this series, but against playoff bound teams, they usually get shutdown. Sure they scored early in Game 1, but they didn’t do anything after that. They have a handful of players who can do damage and can adjust.
Prediction: Over N/A