free mlb picks Texas Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Rays 8-16-10

August 16, 2010

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The fans at Tropicana Field will be treated to a game between the Texas Rangers and the Tampa Bay Rays when they take their seats on Monday.

Cliff Lee will be the starting pitcher for the Rangers on this day. Lefthander Lee is 10-5 this season with a 2.57 ERA.

The Rays will counter Lee with David Price. Lefthander Price has a 2.84 ERA to go along with a 15-5 record this season.

Oddsmakers currently have the Rangers listed as 115-moneyline favorites versus the Rays, while the game’s total is sitting at 7.

The Rangers defeated Boston 7-3 as a -140 favorite on Sunday. The 10 runs scored went OVER the posted over/under total (9.5).

Michael Young was 2-4 with a home run and three RBI for Texas, while C.J. Wilson allowed one run on four hits with eight strikeouts over 7 2-3 innings.

The Rays defeated Baltimore 3-2 as a -240 favorite on Sunday. The five runs scored fell UNDER the posted over/under total (8.5).

Carl Crawford was 3-4 with a home run and two RBI for the Rays and Jeremy Hellickson earned the win for Tampa Bay after allowing one run on three hits in six innings.

Current streak:
Tampa Bay has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Texas: 67-49 SU
Tampa Bay: 71-46 SU

Texas most recently:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing Tampa Bay are 6-4
After playing Boston are 7-3
After a win are 3-7

Tampa Bay most recently:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Texas are 4-6
After playing Baltimore are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas’s last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Texas’s last 8 games on the road
Texas is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Texas’s last 23 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay’s last 6 games when playing Texas
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 5 games
Tampa Bay is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Texas
Tampa Bay is 16-5 SU in its last 21 games at home

Next up:
Tampa Bay home to Texas, Tuesday, August 17


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