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MLB Game Preview - Rangers underdogs vs Rays at Tampa Bay

Texas RangersTampa Bay Rays
Sep 9, 1:40 PM | TurfTropicana Field

Texas Rangers vs Tampa Bay Rays Odds

83-56TEAM RECORD76-63

Tampa Bay will try to be nasty hosts on Sunday when the Texas Rangers pay a visit to Tropicana Field.

Texas puts its faith in starter Roy Oswalt to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 3-2. Getting the ball for the Rays is James Shields, who owns a 13-8 record on the season with a 3.88 ERA.

View Texas vs Tampa Bay Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Rangers were listed as +-145 underdogs on the baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks. The total was set at 8 before betting started earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
The Rays - Rangers odds would favor the Rangers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Tampa Bay is rated No. 4 in the current American League Odds Shark poll, while Texas is at No. 2 in the American League.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Tampa Bay's American League No. 12-ranked scoring average of 4.2 runs per game, against a Rangers offense rated No. 1 and scoring 5.1 runs per game in the league. The Rays have averaged 7.9 hits per game to date this season, less than the Rangers hitters have managed (9.6 per nine innings).

Comparing defensive stats, Texas owns the American League's No. 4-rated road mark, allowing 4 runs per game on the highway. Tampa Bay, on the other hand, rates No. 13 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Texas, they were a 4-2 winner as they battled the Rays on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Rangers at -129 were rewarded, while the 6 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Texas needed extra innings to get the job done against the Rays on Saturday as the Rangers defeated them 4-2 at Tropicana Field.

Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Cleveland are 5-5
After playing Tampa Bay are 8-2
After a win are 5-5

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Baltimore are 5-5
After playing Texas are 3-7
After a loss are 5-5

A few Rangers at Rays trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas' last 5 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
Texas is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games on the road
Texas is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas' last 7 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games when playing at home against Texas
The total has gone UNDER in 16 of Tampa Bay's last 21 games at home
Tampa Bay is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games when playing Texas

Next up:
Texas home to Cleveland, Tuesday, September 11
Tampa Bay at Baltimore, Tuesday, September 11