Rays take on the Rangers in Tampa Bay
The Tampa Bay Rays are expected to send lefthander David Price to the mound on Saturday night as they continue their MLB betting series at home against the Texas Rangers.
Price is 2-4 with a 5.30 ERA in his nine career starts against the Rangers, walking 20 and fanning 45 over those 52 2-3 innings of work. The lefthander is coming off a victory over Toronto in which he allowed two runs in 7 1-3 innings.
Texas puts its faith in starter Nick Martinez to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 0-0. Getting the ball for the Rays is David Price, who owns a 1-0 record on the season with a 2.46 ERA.
This game matches up the No. 12 (Rays) and the No. 8 (Rangers) teams, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.
Last time out for Texas, they were an 8-1 loser as they battled the Rays on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Rays at -147 were rewarded, while the 9 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Texas didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 8-1 to Tampa Bay on Friday at Tropicana Field.
How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Tampa Bay has baseball's No. 10-rated offensive output, at 8.8 hits per game. The Rangers average 9.75 hits per game, good for No. 8 on the list.
Defensively, Texas features the No. 20-rated defense on the road, allowing 8 runs per game. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, comes in at No. 8 at home, scoring 5.2 runs per game.
Texas at Tampa Bay, Sunday, April 6th