Rangers vs. Rays Prediction
Will the Rays make it back-to-back wins over the Rangers when they host Texas again today at 1:10PM ET?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Rays are -111 money line favorites versus the Rangers, who have odds of +101 to pull off the small upset in Tampa this afternoon. With Martin Perez set to take on Drew Smyly in the pitching matchup, the over/under currently sits at 8.5 runs.
TEXAS: Perez struck out six batters while allowing two runs (one earned) over seven innings on Monday when the Rangers beat the A's, 5-2. Perez allowed two runs in the first two innings but then settled in to allow only five hits and one walk over those seven innings. He currently owns an ERA of 4.09.
TAMPA BAY: Smyly is coming off a strong outing himself. He allowed just one run on one hit with two walks over seven innings in an 8-2 win over the Padres on Monday. Alexei Ramirez went deep with one out in the first inning, but it was the only run the left-hander allowed the rest of the game. Smyly now owns a 2.25 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP over his last five starts.
OUR PICK: The Rays are 4-0 in Smyly's last four starts and are 9-4 in his lat 13 outings after allowing two runs or less in their previous game. The Rangers, meanwhile, are winless at 0-4 in Perez's last four road starts and have lost five of seven when he faces a team from the American League East. The Rays are also 5-1 in their last six games overall and are 4-1 in their last five home games.
SUNDAY MLB FREE PICK: TAMPA BAY RAYS -111