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Date: Saturday August 20, 2016
Time: 6:10 PM ET
Venue: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
Projected Pitchers: A.J. Griffin vs. Jake Odorizzi
MLB Moneyline Odds: Rays -124
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: 8
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It seems that there is never a lot of good news down in Texas but they just keep winning.
The latest was losing Shin-Soo Choo for the rest of the season but this team has weathered those kinds of losses all season long and it looks like they have banked enough wins to make them near impossible to catch in the AL West.
All wins are created equal so it won’t matter if the Rangers limp down the stretch and still make it. That is what should happen but they keep finding a way to compete.
Losing Shin-Soo Choo hurts but really they had not got a ton out of him this season as it was. Same goes for the retiring Prince Fielder. They continue to rely on Ian Desmond, one of three 20+ homer guys on the team.
Ageless Adrian Beltre continues to be a rock as well.
A.J. Griffin, who had enjoyed some early success with Oakland has been out of the Majors the last couple of seasons.Force to turn in some directions they hadn’t anticipated he has been OK for the Rangers though he gives up way to many home runs.
He has been especially hit hard lately with seven homers allowed in his last three starts. Tampa is a surprising good homer hitting team so this might not be a good spot.
Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays are not in the race but they are a quirky team that entered Friday on a four game winning streak.
This year they have become sluggers, even though they have not been able to score all that much.
Brad Miller has been moved to first base on the basis that he has clubbed 25 homers. Bad news for Logan Morrison, one of the more overrated players of the last few seasons.
Chris Archer may have more strikeouts but Jake Odorizzi has been the Rays best pitcher this season.
He is capable of shutting down any lineup – see his back to back to back shutout starts but sometimes gets burned by the long ball as well.
The bullpen, outside of closer Jesus Colome, has been an area of weakness all season.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Under is 8-1-2 in TEX last 11 road games.
- Under is 18-6-2 in TEX last 26 overall.
- TEX are 9-3 in their last 12 overall.
- Over is 10-2 in TB last 12 overall.
- TB are 2-9 in their last 11 Sat. games.
- Over is 7-2 in TB last 9 on astroturf.
Free Texas Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Prediction:
The Rangers look like they should be a mess but they keep on winning. I don’t like Griffin on the mound but they are 11-5 in his starts.
Odorizzi gives Tampa a great shot in this one. He can certainly navigate a Texas lineup that is good but lacks that elite fearful hitter. Ian Desmond? I don’t think of him that way.
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Griffin is second to only Cole Hamels on the Rangers in units earned. I may not like him but this team wins even if it is in spite of him at times. Could be the dog too.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Texas 6 – Tampa 4
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