Drew Smyly (5-11, 4.85 ERA) and Martin Perez (8-8, 4.09 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays (51-70) and the Texas Rangers (73-51) at Tropicana Field. The Rays won the last game 8-2, and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 1:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 21 and can be seen on FSSW and SUN.
Smyly pitched 7.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering one run, striking out four and walking two in an 8-2 win over the Padres. Evan Longoria (.291, 65 Rs, 28 HRs, 75 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 3 with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs. Perez went 7.0 innings, surrendering two, striking out six and walking one in a 5-2 win over the Athletics in his most recent start.
Tampa Bay is a -131 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 -2,650 and a record as the favorite of 30-36. Tampa Bay is unbeaten as the favorite and has a 5-5 SU record in its last ten outings. The Rays have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 6.0 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.2 runs per game. Opposing batters know they're in for a battle when they play Tampa Bay. The Rays are one of the top teams when it comes to pitching, allowing just 4.1 runs per home game. The Rays are the top team in the AL at limiting hits during home games, allowing only 8.1 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 +2,719. The Rangers allow just four runs per road game, ranking them fifth in the AL.
The Rays have a 13-17 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Perez takes the mound. Smyly (LHP) will be on the hill against the Rangers, who have a 19-16 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB, O/U - Over
When leading after seven innings, Texas is 35-24, while Tampa Bay is 21-32.
The Rangers are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Rays have a 9-22 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rays are 34-10. The Rangers have a 48-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 23rd in runs, Tampa Bay has earned 508 this season. Texas ranks eighth with 578 runs.
Ranking 27th, Texas is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 327 this season. Tampa Bay ranks in the bottom half at 17th with 359.
The Rays are 44-43 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Rangers are 60-34 when they hit at least one homer.