|MLB Rangers vs. Rays Picks & Predictions for September 7|
|Written by ATSSportsline.com|
|Friday, 07 September 2012 14:00|
Rangers vs. Rays MLB Free Pick
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (ATS Consultants) – This is the first game of a three-game series. The Rangers are coming off winning two straight at Kansas City, while the Rays won 2 of 3 at home against the Yankees. The opening pitch starts at 7:10pmET from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.
ODDS: The oddsmakers have installed the Rays as a -120 favorite over the Rangers. The total is 8.5 in most books. The Rangers come in with a 82-55 overall record and are 61-71 Under, while the Rays are 75-62 overall and are 65-72 Under.
LINE MOVEMENT: The Rays opened as a -120 favorite and remained there at most books. The total started at 8.5 and remained there at most books.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the wagers currently placed on tonight’s game, 56% of public bettors favor the Rangers. These numbers are subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the “Public Betting” link available in this paragraph to get the most up-to-date information.
MLB FREE PICK: Take the Rays. According to latest MLB trends, Rangers are 1-4 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning record, 1-6 in their last 7 games as a road underdog and are 1-4 in Holland's last 5 starts as a road underdog. Rays are 7-1 in their last 8 games vs. a left-handed starter, 4-1 in their last 5 games as a favorite, 8-2 in their last 10 during game 1 of a series, 4-1 in their last 5 overall, 10-4 in their last 14 Friday games and are 21-10 in their last 31 games with the total set at 7.0-8.5. The Rays need this game as they don't want to fall far behind the Athletics and Orioles/Yankees in the wild card race. Hellickson has an ERA of 3.50 in his last three starts, while Holland has a 4.79 ERA this season. He pitched well against Cleveland in his last start but that was against a team that is out of it. With Evan Longoria back in the lineup, the Rays might not be the '27 Yankees, but are they have a much more formidable lineup.
FRIDAY MLB FREE PICK: TAMPA BAY RAYS –120