Derek Holland vs Chris Archer matchup featured in MLB action
Texas Rangers vs Tampa Bay Rays Odds
The Rays get a visit from the Texas Rangers in baseball action on Wednesday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.
Derek Holland gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Rangers on this day; he's 9-9 on the season. The Rays, meanwhile, will counter with Chris Archer, who will be looking to improve on his 9-7 mark.
The visitors were +-142 moneyline underdogs in this one earlier in the day at most online sportsbooks including $BODOG-LINK$. The total was 7.5 at $GT-BETS$ for those preferring over under wagers.
The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Rays rated this week at No. 7 and the Rangers sitting at No. 2.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Tampa Bay's No. 9-rated American League offense, averaging 4.3 runs per game, against a Rangers defense that ranks No. 4 in the American League at 4 in runs allowed per game. The Rays have averaged 8.7 hits per game so far, less than Rangers batters have averaged on the year (9 hits per game).
Tampa Bay owns the American League's No. 5 defense, allowing 4 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Texas' American League No. 4-rated defense.
Texas won its last outing, a 7-1 result against the Rays on September 17. Bettors who backed the Rangers at +113 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (8) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Rangers grabbed a win last time out, defeating Jeremy Hellickson and the Rays 7-1 on Tuesday at Tropicana Field.
Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Tampa Bay are 7-3
After playing Tampa Bay are 7-3
After a win are 5-5
Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Texas are 2-8
After playing Texas are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6
A few Rangers at Rays trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas' last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas' last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas' last 7 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
Texas is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games when playing at home against Texas
Tampa Bay is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Tampa Bay is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games
Tampa Bay is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
Texas at Tampa Bay, Thursday, September 19