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MLB Odds Betting - Texas Rangers Underdogs vs Rays at Tampa Bay

The visiting Texas Rangers hope for a solid performance on Saturday as they look to pick up a win at Tropicana Field against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Tampa Bay Rays will rely on Jake Odorizzi to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while A.J. Griffin will be his counterpart for the Texas Rangers. Jake Odorizzi is 7-5 this season, and A.J. Griffin is 5-2.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had installed the Tampa Bay Rays as -118 moneyline favorites in this particular MLB betting odds matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 8 before betting at 5Dimes started to move the line.

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 5.3 - 2.8 victory for the Rays. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Texas Rangers vs Tampa Bay Rays Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Tampa Bay Rays bring a 50-70 record to the battle against the 73-50 Rangers. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Tampa Bay vs Texas injuries news.

The Tampa Bay Rays vs Texas Rangers odds would favor the Rays if the betting lines were set according to our power ranks. Tampa Bay is rated No. 2 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Texas is at No. 14.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features the Tampa Bay Rays No. 23-ranked scoring average of 4.17 runs per game, against a Texas Rangers offense rated No. 9 and scoring 4.68 runs per game. The Rays have averaged 8.11 hits per game to date this season, less than the Rangers hitters have managed (8.98 per nine innings).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping betting factors and Tampa Bay has the No. 12-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Rangers own the No. 20 mark in runs allowed.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Texas hopes solid pitching and defense that led to their last victory - a 10-strikeout performance from C Hamels - will prevail again after their 6-2 victory against Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field.

Betting Trends
  • Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas's last 6 games
  • Texas is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Texas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Tampa Bay is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games
  • Tampa Bay is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Texas at Tampa Bay, Sunday, August 21st

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