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Texas Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Rays, 4-16-2018 - Pick and Prediction
A pair of American League teams off to disappointing starts kick off a series in the Sunshine State. The Texas Rangers play the first of three against the Tampa Bay Rays Monday night. Texas played the rubber game of their three game series on the road against the Astros Sunday: they rallied for a 6-5, 10 inning win in Saturday?s second game of the series. Tampa Bay finished a three game interleague set with the Phillies at home Sunday hoping to avoid a sweep after getting hammered 9-4 Saturday evening. The Rangers took the season series last year, 4-2, sweeping a three game set at Tropicana Field July 21-23, 2017.
The Texas Rangers will travel to Tampa, Florida, to play a 3-game set against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field beginning on Monday at 10 pm EST.  In their last meeting on 4/16/2018, the Rangers were able to get the 6-5 road win.  In this game, Adrian Beltre, Roughned Odor, Carlos Gomez, Joey Gallo each had 2 hits apiece while Odor had 3 RBI?s.  While Tyson Ross (3.2 IP, 5 R, 4 H, 4 BB, 5 SO) started the game, Matt Bush (3-4) picked up the win in this contest for the Rangers.  For the Rays, Jake Odorizzi (4 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 3 BB, 2 HR, 5 SO) started on the mound, yet, Brad Boxberger (2-2) suffered the loss after allowing 3 runs on 2 hits in only 1 inning.  Tampa Bay only mustered 6 hits in this game with Mallex Smith having 2 of those with 2 RBI?s in the losing effort.  Evan Longoria (1-5) and Steve Sousa, Jr. (0-2) struggled throughout the day.  The Rangers won on the spread as underdogs (+114) while the over was the play in that the total was set at 9.5 runs for the game.  The Texas Rangers come into this game loser of 3 of their last 5 yet winners of 2 straight to where the O/U was 2-3.  In their last outing, they needed 10 innings in which to squeak by the Houston Astros on the road by a 3-1 score on Sunday night.  Robinson Chirinos accounted for 2 hits and 3 RBI?s in the victory while Bartolo Colon picked up the win by going 7.2 innings and allowing 1 run on 1 hit, 1 walk, and 7 strikeouts with an ERA of 1.45.  Houston could only muster 3 hits in this contest with 2 hits being by Josh Reddick.  DH Yuli Gurriel (0-3) had an RBI on the night.  Justin Verlander suffered the loss for the Astros as he went 8 innings while allowing only 1 run on 1 hit, 1 walk, 1 homer, and 11 strikeouts on the night with an ERA of 1.35.  The Rangers cashed in on the spread as huge underdogs (+234) while the under was the play in that the total was set 8 runs for the game.  The Tampa Bay Rays enter this series losers of 4 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 3-2.  They are fresh off a series with the Philadelphia Phillies to where they were swept 3-0 with their last outing on Sunday saw the Rays lose by a score of 10-4 at home.  In this game, Denard Spann, Johnny Field, Mallex Smith, and Jesus Sucre each had 2 hits while compiling for 4 RBI?s for the Phillies in the victory.  Ryan Yarborough (0-1) suffered the loss for the Rays as he went 4.2 innings while allowing 5 runs on 3 hits, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts, with an ERA of 2.84 for the game.  The Phillies covered the spread as underdogs (+128) while the over was the play in that the total was set at 8 runs for the game. 
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