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Tampa Bay Sends Drew Smyly vs Martin Perez in Texas Rangers vs Rays Game

Tropicana Field hosts an MLB battle between the Tampa Bay Rays and the visiting Texas Rangers on Sunday.

It's a pitching duel between Drew Smyly for the Tampa Bay Rays (5-11 on the year) and Martin Perez for Texas Rangers (8-8 so far).

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting Texas Rangers were 121 moneyline underdogs in this one earlier in the day at most online sportsbooks including Bovada. The total was 8 at Bet365 for those preferring over under betting.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 5.4-3.1 win for the Rays. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Texas Rangers vs Tampa Bay Rays Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Tampa Bay Rays sport a record of 51-70 heading into this matchup, while the Texas Rangers sit at 73-51 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Tampa Bay vs Texas injuries news.

The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Tampa Bay Rays at No. 2 and the Texas Rangers at No. 14 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Tampa Bay has baseball's No. 22-rated offensive output, at 8.14 hits per game. The Texas Rangers average 8.98 hits per game, good for No. 10 on the list.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping betting factors and Tampa Bay has the No. 12-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Rangers own the No. 20 mark in runs allowed.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Texas looks to rebound from a loss to the Rays, who beat them 8-2 on Saturday behind a start from J Odorizzi at Tropicana Field.

Betting Trends
  • Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas's last 7 games
  • Texas is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Texas is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Tampa Bay is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Tampa Bay's last 8 games
  • Tampa Bay is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Texas at Cincinnati, Tuesday, August 23rd
Tampa Bay home to Boston, Monday, August 22nd