Texas Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Rays Free MLB Picks

September 7, 2012


A winning streak will be on the line for the Texas Rangers on Friday when they battle the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.
Lefthander Derek Holland will take the mound for the Rangers to start this game. Holland is 10-6 this season with a 4.82 ERA.
The Rays will counter Holland with Jeremy Hellickson. Righthander Hellickson has a 3.41 ERA to go along with a 8-10 record this season.
Oddsmakers currently have the Rays listed as 120-moneyline favorites versus the Rangers, while the game’s total is sitting at 8½.
Last time out for Texas, they were a 5-4 winner as they battled the Royals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Rangers at -121 were rewarded, while the 9 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.
Tampa Bay was a 6-4 loser in its last match at home against the Yankees. They lost as -112 favorites, while the total score of 10 made winners of OVER bettors.
Current streak:
Texas has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Texas: 82-55 SU
Tampa Bay: 75-62 SU

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

Tampa Bay most recently:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Texas are 4-6
After playing NY Yankees are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Texas is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
Texas is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Tampa Bay’s last 19 games at home
Tampa Bay is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 6 games when playing at home against Texas

Next up:
Tampa Bay home to Texas, Saturday, September 8

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