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Tampa Bay Rays vs Texas Rangers in MLB odds

Texas Rangers

Tampa Bay Rays
81-68 September 17, 2013, 07:10 PM | Tropicana Field 82-67

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

Tampa Bay hands the ball to starter Jeremy Hellickson in this one and he'll try to improve on his 11-8 mark on the year. Texas counters with Alexi Ogando, who will try to quiet the fans and the Rays bats at the same time.

View Texas Rangers vs Tampa Bay Rays Odds and Stats.

Baseball odds makers, including 5Dimes, opened the Rays as -133 moneyline Favorite in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 8.5 at shops such as 5Dimes.

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

In their last action, Texas was a 6-2 loser on the road against the Rays. Bettors on Tampa Bay at -130 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (8) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. Texas suffered a 6-2 loss against Tampa Bay on Monday, as Matt Garza wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Tropicana Field.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Tampa Bay's No. 12 ranked offense (4.29 runs per game) against a Rangers defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 11 at 4.01 runs allowed per game. The Rays have been averaging 8.72 hits per game, less than the Rangers have managed so far this season (8.98 hits on average).

Defensively, Texas features the No. 15-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.19 runs per game. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, comes in at No. 13 at home, scoring 4.3 runs per game.

A few Rangers at Rays trends to consider:
Texas is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas's last 6 games
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
Texas at Tampa Bay, Wednesday, September 18th