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Texas Rangers host Tampa Bay Rays in baseball action

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April 27, 8:05 PM | GrassRangers Ballpark

Tampa Bay Rays vs Texas Rangers Odds

12-7TEAM RECORD15-4

The Texas Rangers look to emerge victorious in MLB odds action as the Rays arrive at Rangers Ballpark on Friday.

Texas sends Matt Harrison out against James Shields for the Rays in this game. Harrison is 3-0 with a 1.66 ERA on the season, while Shields is 3-0 on the year and has a 2.76 ERA.

View Tampa Bay vs Texas Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Texas opened as -140 moneyline favorites in this baseball match, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers settle on an opening over under number of 9.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Rangers, most recently No. 3 in the American League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Rays, who rate an American League No. 10 in the latest survey.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Texas' No. 2-rated American League offense, averaging 5.6 runs per game, against a Rays defense that ranks No. 7 in the American League at 4.4 in runs allowed per game. The Rangers have averaged 10.4 hits per game so far, more than Rays batters have averaged on the year (7.8 hits per game).

Texas owns the American League's No. 1 defense, allowing 2.7 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Tampa Bay's American League No. 7-rated defense.

Last time out for Tampa Bay, they were a 4-3 winner as they battled the Angels at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Rays at -160 were rewarded, while the 7 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Rays enjoyed a 4-3 victory at the expense of the Angels on Thursday, with Matt Moore throwing 5 2/3 innings of 5-hit ball at Tropicana Field.

The Rangers were a 7-3 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Yankees. That made winners of bettors who got Texas at -135 on the moneyline, while the total score (10) was good news for UNDER bettors. The Rangers grabbed a win last time out, defeating Philip Hughes and the Yankees 7-3 on Wednesday at Rangers Ballpark.

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Texas are 5-5
After playing LA Angels are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Tampa Bay are 7-3
After playing NY Yankees are 5-5
After a win are 8-2

A few Rays at Rangers trends to consider:
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Texas
Texas is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games
Texas is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Texas' last 11 games at home
Texas is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Texas, Saturday, April 28

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