4* Sunday Night Baseball SMASH
Tampa Bay vs. Texas,
04/29/2012 20:05 EDT,
Score: 5 - 2
Money Line: -122 Texas
4* Sunday Night Baseball SMASH (ESPN) on Rangers -122
Texas absolute mashes lefty starters. The Rangers have gone 5-1 against southpaw starters this season while batting .318 and scoring 7.2 runs/game against them. With this in mind, it comes as no surprise that Tampa Bay lefty David Price is 0-6 (3-6 on the ML) with an ERA of 5.30 in 9 career starts versus the Rangers.
Texas really got its bats going Saturday, putting 7 runs on the board. That boded well for us because the Rangers are 5-0 in Holland's last 5 starts after scoring 5 runs or more in their previous game. It also bodes well for us that Holland will be working on 5 days' rest as the Rangers are 6-0 in their last 6 games when that is the case.
It should also be noted that the Rangers are 17-3 all-time when Holland takes the mound at home versus an AL team batting .265 or worse. The Rangers have buried these foes by an average score of 7.8 to 4.2. Take Texas.