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MLB Betting: Rangers vs. Rays

The Rangers and Rays meet up in Tampa Bay tonight for the first time since Texas defeated the Rays 3-2 in last year's ALDS.

Derek Holland (3-1, 4.68) gets the start for Texas and Wade Davis (4-4, 3.71) takes to the mound for Tampa Bay. Holland went four innings in his last start against the White Sox and allowed four runs on four hits. Davis recorded a no decision in his last start against Detroit after giving up five runs on eight hits in six innings

View Texas vs Tampa Bay Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as +-125 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark. The total opened at 9 for those preferring over under wagers.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the American League No. 8-rated Rays and the league No. 4-ranked Rangers, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

How They Match Up:
On offense, it's a battle between Tampa Bay and its American League No. 7-rated batting order, averaging 4.3 runs per nine innings, against the American League's No. 6 lineup of the Rangers at 4.5 runs per outing.

Comparing defensive stats, Texas owns the American League's No. 1-rated road mark, allowing 3 runs per game on the highway. Tampa Bay, on the other hand, rates No. 14 in scoring at home.

Texas was a 7-6 winner in its last match at home against the Royals. They won as -210 favorites, while the total score of 13 made winners of OVER bettors. Texas rolled to a 7-6 win against Kansas City on Sunday, as Alexi Ogando and the Rangers' bats led the team to victory at Rangers Ballpark.

The Rays were a 7-0 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Indians. That made winners of bettors who got Tampa Bay at -144 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for UNDER bettors. Tampa Bay threw a shutout at Cleveland in their last outing, using a shutdown performance by Jeremy Hellickson to defeat Cleveland 7-0 on Sunday.

Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing Tampa Bay are 5-5
After playing Kansas City are 5-5
After a win are 4-6

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing Texas are 6-4
After playing Cleveland are 8-2
After a win are 4-6

A few Rangers at Rays trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Texas' last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas' last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas' last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
Texas is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games when playing Texas
The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Tampa Bay's last 23 games at home
Tampa Bay is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games when playing at home against Texas
Tampa Bay is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing Texas

Next up:
Texas at Tampa Bay, Tuesday, May 31