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Rangers vs Rays Betting Preview

The Texas Rangers battle the visiting Tampa Bay Rays on Monday in MLB betting action at Rangers Ballpark and they face one of the league's top pitchers.

The Rangers will rely on Derek Holland to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while David Price will be his counterpart for the Rays. Derek Holland is 8-6 this season, and David Price is 16-4.

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Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had installed the Rangers as +110 moneyline underdogs in this particular MLB matchup at Bovada. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 8.5 before betting started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
The Rangers sit at No. 2 in the American League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Rays sit at an American League No. 4 on the same chart.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Texas' American League No. 1-ranked scoring average of 5.2 runs per game, against a Rays offense rated No. 10 and scoring 4.2 runs per game in the league. The Rangers have averaged 9.7 hits per game to date this season, more than the Rays hitters have managed (7.8 per nine innings).

Texas owns the American League's No. 6 defense, allowing 4.3 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Tampa Bay's American League No. 1-rated defense.

Tampa Bay was a 4-2 loser in its last match at home against the Athletics. They lost as -147 favorites, while the total score of 6 made winners of UNDER bettors. Tampa Bay didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 4-2 to Oakland on Saturday at Tropicana Field.

Texas was a 6-5 loser in its last match at home against the Twins. They lost as -210 favorites, while the total score of 11 made winners of OVER bettors. The Rangers were saddled with a loss last time out in Scott Feldman's start, as they lost 6-5 against Minnesota on Sunday at Rangers Ballpark.

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing Texas are 6-4
After playing Oakland are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4

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

 

A few Rays at Rangers trends to consider:
Tampa Bay is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games when playing Texas
Tampa Bay is 14-5 SU in its last 19 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games
Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas' last 5 games
Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas' last 5 games at home

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Texas, Tuesday, August 28

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