Drew Smyly (0-1, 2.70 ERA) and Wandy Rodriguez (1-1, 3.12 ERA) start in the last of a four-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays (17-14) and the Texas Rangers (12-18) at Tropicana Field. The Rays won the last game 7-2 and Tampa Bay leads the series 2-1. Action begins at 1:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 10 and can be seen on FSN-SW and SunSports.
Smyly is 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA in his appearances against the Rangers, and goes up against a below-average Texas offense which is batting just .223 this season. Evan Longoria (.304, 19 Rs, 4 HRs, 12 RBIs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 3 with one run, one home run, and three RBIs. Rodriguez is 0-2 with a 5.09 ERA when pitching against the Rays. He is up against a below-average Tampa Bay offense which is hitting just .237 this season. Prince Fielder (.342, 11 Rs, 2 HRs, 14 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Rangers, going 2 for 5 yesterday.
The odds for Tampa Bay and Texas are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently not available. Opposing offenses have been stifled by the Rays, who have a team ERA of only 3.42. The Rays are the third-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.12 so far this season. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Rays, who rank second in the AL in strikeouts per game with 8.5.
The Rays lead the season series, 2-1. The Rays have a 3-4 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Rodriguez takes the mound. Smyly (RHP) will be on the hill against the Rangers, who have an 8-10 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB
When leading after 7 innings, Tampa Bay is 5-5, while Texas is 5-11.
The Tampa Bay batters brought in a solid 10 hits last game. Texas has a record of 3-10 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
It looks like the Rays have a slight leg up on the Rangers, as the Rays have won their last two games while the Rangers have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rangers are 8-2. The Rays have a 14-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 21st in runs, Texas has earned 118 this season. Tampa Bay ranks 20th with 120 runs.
Ranking 11th, Texas is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 99 this season. Tampa Bay ranks in the top five at fifth with 105.
The Rays are 11-8 when they hit at least one home run. The Rangers perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with an 8-6 record.