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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Texas Rangers Money Line Pick

Time: 8:05 PM EST Monday August 11, 2014 FSSW

Location: Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas

The Texas Rangers host the Tampa Bay Rays in an American League match up.

In their last games: The Rangers beat the Houston Astros 6-2 and the Rays lost to the Chicago Cubs 3-2.

The Rangers snapped their 7-game losing streak with their 6-2 win over the Astros.

The Rays gave up a RBI single in the 12th inning in their 3-2 loss to the Cubs.

Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

The Rangers are 1-4 in Colby Lewis’ last 5 home starts.

The Rangers are 5-1 in Lewis’ last 6 starts against the Rays.

In the last 8 games between these 2 teams the Over record is 5-2-1.

Pitching Match Up

Tampa Bay: Drew Smyly (6-10, 3.98 ERA)
Texas: Colby Lewis (8-8, 5.50 ERA)

Betting Odds

Money Line: Tampa -116 / Texas +106
Run Line: Rangers +1.5 -155
Total Line: Under 9 -120

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records

Tampa Bay Rays: 57-60 SU / O/U 55-56 / Run Line W/L 49-68
Texas Rangers: 46-71 SU / O/U 55-55 / Run Line W/L 46-71

Key Betting Trends

• TB is 19-7 in their last 26 road games.
• TB is 24-11 in their last 35 overall.
• TB has an Under record of 5-1-1 in their last 7 road games.
• TEX is 12-30 in their last 42 home games.
• TEX is 19-39 in their last 58 games as a home underdog.
• TEX has an Under record of 13-5-1 in their last 19 overall.

Key Player Injuries

RAYS

David DeJesus Fractured left hand on 15-day DL(6/19)
Ryan Hanigan Oblique strain on 15-day DL(7/9)
Matt Moore Left elbow surgery – out for season on 60-day DL(4/8)
Wil Myers Sprained right wrist on 60-day DL(5/31)
Jerry Sands Strained left wrist on 15-day DL(6/23)

RANGERS

Engel Beltre Fractured right tibia on 60-day DL(3/26)
Prince Fielder Neck surgery – out for season on 60-day DL(5/17)
Pedro Figueroa Torn UCL, left elbow on 60-day DL(4/23)
Matt Harrison Lower back inflammation on 60-day DL(5/14)
Derek Holland Recovery from left knee surgery on 60-day DL(3/3)
Kevin Kouzmanoff Herniated disc on 60-day DL(4/23)
Mitch Moreland Os Trigonum Syndrome, left ankle on 60-day DL(6/8)
Alexi Ogando Right elbow inflammation on 60-day DL(6/4)
Martin Perez Left elbow inflammation on 60-day DL(5/11)
Jurickson Profar Torn right shoulder muscle on 60-day DL(3/23)
Alex Rios Sprained left ankle day-to-day(8/10)
Tanner Scheppers Right elbow inflammation on 15-day DL(6/11)
Jake Smolinski Bone bruise, left foot on 15-day DL(7/22)

Money Line Pick:

Texas starter Colby Lewis has had a tough go of it at home with a 2-5 record and bloated 7.62 ERA. However, keep this in mind. After having zero quality starts in his first 13 outings he has been ultra-sharp in recent starts with 5 QS in his last 7 starts including 3 consecutive outings. Rays’ starter Drew Smilly not getting it done with only 1 QS in his last 6 starts and will face one of the better hitting clubs against left handed pitching.

Take the Texas Rangers +106

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