Jake Odorizzi (7-5, 3.72 ERA) and A.J. Griffin (5-2, 4.68 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays (50-70) and the Texas Rangers (73-50) at Tropicana Field. The Rangers won the last game 6-2, and Texas leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 6:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 20 and can be seen on FSSW and SUN.
Odorizzi pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs, striking out six and walking one in a 12-3 win over the Yankees. Brad Miller (.266, 58 Rs, 25 HRs, 57 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday. Griffin went 6.2 innings, surrendering six runs, striking out eight and walking one in a 7-0 defeat to the Tigers in his most recent start. Mitch Moreland (.254, 42 Rs, 21 HRs, 50 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 2 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and one RBI.
Tampa Bay is a -118 favorite against Texas and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Rays have an overall money line of -2,550 and a record as the favorite of 30-36. Tampa Bay is an impressive 3-1 as the favorite over its last 10 games. The Rays have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 6.1 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.2 runs per game. Crossing over to the pitching and defensive side, it's been a struggle for opposing teams to score runs against the Rays. The 4.0 runs that Tampa Bay's pitchers allow per home game makes them the third-ranked AL staff at home. The Rays are the top team in the AL at limiting hits during home games, allowing only 8.0 hits per contest to their opponents this season.
In games where it is the underdog, Texas has a 39-31 record and an overall money line of +2,619. The Rangers allow just four runs per road game, ranking them fifth in the AL.
The Rangers have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Rays have a 37-53 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Griffin takes the mound. Odorizzi (RHP) will be on the hill against the Rangers, who have a 53-34 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TEX, O/U - Over
Tampa Bay has won 38% (20-32) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Texas has won 60% (35-23) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Rangers are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Rays have a 15-38 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rays are 33-10. The Rangers have a 48-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 22nd, Tampa Bay is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 500 this season. Texas ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 576.
Ranking 27th, Texas is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 325 this season. Tampa Bay ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 358.
The Rays are 43-43 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Rangers are 60-33 when they hit at least one homer.