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MLB Game Preview - Rangers underdogs vs Rays at Tampa Bay

Texas Rangers

Tampa Bay Rays
82-69 September 19, 2013, 07:10 PM | Tropicana Field 83-68

The Texas Rangers will look to grab a road win when they take on the Rays in Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field on Thursday in baseball odds action.

The match puts starter Yu Darvish for the Rangers on the hill facing Matt Moore for the Rays. Darvish brings a 12-9 mark to the game, while Moore is 15-3 to date on the season.

View Texas Rangers vs Tampa Bay Rays Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Rays as -114 Favorite on the moneyline for this contest. The over under was hovering near 6.5 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.

The Rays - Rangers odds would favor the Rays if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Tampa Bay is rated No. 19 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Texas is at No. 21.

Last time out for Texas, they were a 4-3 loser as they battled the Rays on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Rays at -123 were rewarded, while the 7 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Texas lost in extra innings against the Rays on Wednesday as Tampa Bay edged them 4-3 at Tropicana Field.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Tampa Bay's No. 12-rated offense, averaging 4.26 runs per game, against a Rangers defense that ranks No. 10 at 3.99 in runs allowed per game. The Rays have averaged 8.7 hits per game so far, less than Rangers batters have averaged on the year (8.97 hits per game).

Defensively, Texas features the No. 14-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.14 runs per game. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, comes in at No. 16 at home, scoring 4.25 runs per game.

A few Rangers at Rays trends to consider:
Texas is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games
Texas is 15-8 SU in its last 23 games on the road
Texas is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas's last 7 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games

Next up:
Texas at Kansas City, Friday, September 20th
Tampa Bay at Baltimore, Friday, September 20th