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- The Tampa Bay Rays and the Texas Rangers will both be trying to pick up a win on Wednesday when they battle at Rangers Ballpark.
The Rays will trot James Shields out to the mound in this one. Righthander Shields has a 12-10 record and a 2.96 ERA this season.
Shields's opponent in this one will be Alexi Ogando. The Rangers righthander has a 3.57 ERA to go along with a 12-6 record this season.
Oddsmakers currently have the Rangers listed as 130-moneyline favorites versus the Rays, while the game's total is sitting at 8½.
Last time out for Tampa Bay, they were a 2-0 loser as they battled the Rangers on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Rangers at -117 were rewarded, while the 2 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.
Tampa Bay has lost 2 straight games.
Texas has won 2 straight games.
Tampa Bay: 73-61 SU
Texas: 77-59 SU
Tampa Bay most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Texas are 6-4
After playing Texas are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4
Texas most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Tampa Bay are 5-5
After playing Tampa Bay are 4-6
After a win are 6-4
A few trends to consider:
Tampa Bay is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 14-7 SU in its last 21 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games when playing Texas
Tampa Bay is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Texas
Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas's last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas's last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
Texas home to Tampa Bay, Thursday, September 1