Texas Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Rays 10-6-10

October 6, 2010

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The Tampa Bay Rays will be trying to extend a winning streak on Wednesday when they take on the Texas Rangers at Tropicana Field in Game 1 of their ALDS.

Lefthander Cliff Lee will take the mound for the Rangers to start this game. Lee is 12-9 this season with a 3.18 ERA.

The Rays will counter Lee with David Price. Lefthander Price has a 2.73 ERA to go along with a 19-6 record this season.

Oddsmakers currently have the Rays listed as 135-moneyline favorites versus the Rangers, while the game’s total is sitting at 7.

The Rangers lost to the Angels 6-2 as a -140 favorite in their regular-season finale on Sunday. The eight runs scored caused the game to be a PUSH on the posted over/under total (8).

Bengie Molina had an RBI for the Rangers that day, and Colby Lewis allowed two runs on one hit over five innings.

The Rays defeated Kansas City 3-2 as a -150 favorite in their regular-season finale on Sunday. The five runs scored fell UNDER the posted over/under total (9).

Carlos Pena drove in a pair of runs for Tampa Bay that day, and Wade Davis allowed two runs on three hits over seven innings.

Team records:
Texas: 90-72 SU
Tampa Bay: 96-66 SU

Texas most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Tampa Bay are 5-5
After playing LA Angels are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4

Tampa Bay most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Texas are 6-4
After playing Kansas City are 6-4
After a win are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Texas’s last 9 games when playing Tampa Bay
Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas’s last 6 games on the road
Texas is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay’s last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Tampa Bay’s last 9 games when playing Texas
Tampa Bay is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Texas
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay’s last 6 games at home

Next up:
Tampa Bay home to Texas, Thursday, October 7

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