Chris Archer (10-8, 2.62 ERA) gets the start for the Tampa Bay Rays (58-57) as they go up against Colby Lewis (12-5, 4.61 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (57-57) in the second of a three-game series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The Rangers won the last game 5-3 and Texas leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 8:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 15 and will air on SUN and FSSW.
In his last start, Lewis pitched 8.0 innings, allowing three runs (one unearned), striking out six and walking one in a 4-2 loss to the Mariners. Mitch Moreland (.295, 39 Rs, 17 HRs, 61 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. The Rays were unsuccessful to the Mets 4-3 the last time Archer pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out 10 and walking four. Steven Souza Jr. (.214, 47 Rs, 15 HRs, 34 RBIs, 10 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with two runs.
Texas, a +128 underdog, will look to capitalize at home against Tampa Bay. The matchup currently has an eight-run Over/Under (O/U). When playing as the underdog, the Rangers have a 48-45 record and overall money line at +1,509.
Across the field, the Rays have a record of 29-24 when they are favored and are -41 overall with the money line. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 7-3 SU and have an unblemished 3-0 record when they were the favorite. Tampa Bay has been playing better lately, averaging 5.5 runs per game, more than their season average of 3.8. Switching gears to Tampa Bay's pitching staff, they allow just 7.8 hits per game, good for tops in the AL. They also have some of the most overpowering arms in the AL with an average of 8.3 strikeouts per game.
The Rangers are 3-2 against the Rays this season. This game will feature Archer (RHP) on the mound against the Rangers, who have a 37-35 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Lewis will take the mound against the Rays, who have a 38-44 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Tampa Bay is 24-22, while Texas is 21-28.
The Rays managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Rangers who are heading in with a 13-8 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rays are 41-16. The Rangers have a 44-8 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 26th in runs, Tampa Bay has earned 430 this season. Texas ranks fifth with 507 runs.
Ranking 19th, Tampa Bay is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 310 this season. Texas ranks in the top half at 13th with 332.
The Rangers are 44-23 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Rays are 42-30 when they hit at least one homer.