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Rangers open key series against Rays

The Texas Rangers will send righthander Matt Garza to the mound on Monday night as they open up a key MLB betting series on the road against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Rangers and Rays met in a three-game series in Arlington back in April, with Texas winning two of those three contests for their supporters on the MLB odds. The UNDER has paid out in five of the last six Rangers vs. Rays games.

Tampa Bay sends Alex Cobb out against Garza for the Rangers in this game. Cobb is 8-3 with a 3.08 ERA on the season, while Garza is 9-5 on the year and has a 3.79 ERA.

View Texas vs Tampa Bay Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Those going with the Rays in this one found them listed as moneyline favorites of -133 at TopBet for Monday's contest. The total was hovering near 7.5 at Bovada.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the American League No. 7-ranked Rays and the American League No. 2-rated Rangers in this matchup.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Tampa Bay's No. 9 ranked American League offense (4.3 runs per game) against a Rangers defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 4 in the American League at 4 runs allowed per game. The Rays have been averaging 8.7 hits per game, less than the Rangers have managed so far this season (9 hits on average).

Tampa Bay owns the American League's No. 4 defense, allowing 4 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Texas' American League No. 4-rated defense.

Last time out for Texas, they were a 5-1 loser as they battled the Athletics at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Athletics at +117 were rewarded, while the 6 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Rangers were saddled with a loss last time out in Martin Perez's start, as they lost 5-1 against Oakland on Sunday at Rangers Ballpark.

Tampa Bay was a 6-4 loser in its last match on the road against the Twins. They lost as -220 favorites, while the total score of 10 made winners of OVER bettors. Tampa Bay looks to rebound from a loss to the Twins, who beat them 6-4 on Sunday behind a start from Pedro Hernandez at Target Field.

Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing Tampa Bay are 8-2
After playing Oakland are 5-5
After a loss are 2-8

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Monday are 4-6
Before playing Texas are 1-9
After playing Minnesota are 8-2
After a loss are 3-7

A few Rangers at Rays trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas' last 5 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas' last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
Texas is 14-6 SU in its last 20 games on the road
Texas is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games when playing at home against Texas
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games when playing Texas
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games

Next up:
Texas at Tampa Bay, Tuesday, September 17