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Rays face Texas Rangers: MLB odds preview and stats

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Aug 29, 7:05 PM | GrassRangers Ballpark

Tampa Bay Rays vs Texas Rangers Odds

70-59TEAM RECORD77-52

Rangers Ballpark hosts an MLB battle between the Texas Rangers and the visiting Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday.

The Rangers will rely on Matt Harrison to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Alex Cobb will be his counterpart for the Rays. Matt Harrison is 15-7 this season, and Alex Cobb is 8-8.

View Tampa Bay vs Texas Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Rays were listed as +-160 underdogs on the baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks. The total was set at 9.5 before betting started earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the American League's No. 4-rated Rays taking on the American League's No. 2-rated Rangers in this contest.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Texas' No. 1-rated American League offense, averaging 5.2 runs per game, against a Rays defense that ranks No. 1 in the American League at 3.6 in runs allowed per game. The Rangers have averaged 9.6 hits per game so far, more than Rays batters have averaged on the year (7.8 hits per game).

Comparing defensive stats, Tampa Bay owns the American League's No. 2-rated road mark, allowing 3.9 runs per game on the highway. Texas, on the other hand, rates No. 1 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Tampa Bay, they were a 1-0 loser as they battled the Rangers on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Rangers at -125 were rewarded, while the 1 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Tampa Bay didn't plate a single run in their last outing, shut down by Yu Darvish in a losing cause, 1-0, against Texas on Tuesday.

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Toronto are 6-4
After playing Texas are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5

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

A few Rays at Rangers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games when playing Texas
Tampa Bay is 14-7 SU in its last 21 games
Texas is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Texas is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
Texas is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas' last 7 games

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Toronto, Thursday, August 30
Texas at Cleveland, Friday, August 31