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Tampa Bay favored by -142 against Texas on Wednesday

Texas Rangers

Tampa Bay Rays
82-68 September 18, 2013, 07:10 PM | Tropicana Field 82-68

MLB wagering interest swings to the Tampa Bay vs Texas battle on Wednesday at Tropicana Field as the Rays try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

The Rays will rely on Chris Archer to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Derek Holland will be his counterpart for the Rangers. Chris Archer is 9-7 this season, and Derek Holland is 9-9.

View Texas Rangers vs Tampa Bay Rays Odds and Stats.

The Rangers were listed as 132 Underdog on the baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks, including 5Dimes. The total was set at 7 before betting started earlier on Wednesday over at Bovada.

The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the No. 21-rated Rangers taking on the No. 19-rated Rays in this contest.

Texas won its last outing, a 7-1 result against the Rays on September 17. Bettors who backed the Rangers at +113 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (8) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Rangers grabbed a win last time out, defeating Jeremy Hellickson and the Rays 7-1 on Tuesday at Tropicana Field.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Tampa Bay's No. 12-rated offense, averaging 4.27 runs per game, against a Rangers defense that ranks No. 10 at 3.99 in runs allowed per game. The Rays have averaged 8.69 hits per game so far, less than Rangers batters have averaged on the year (8.99 hits per game).

Comparing defensive stats, Texas owns the No. 14-rated road mark, allowing 4.14 runs per game on the highway. Tampa Bay, on the other hand, rates No. 15 in scoring at home.

A few Rangers at Rays trends to consider:
Texas is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas's last 7 games
Texas is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games on the road
Texas is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Tampa Bay is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games
Tampa Bay is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Texas at Tampa Bay, Thursday, September 19th