Jake Odorizzi (3-2, 2.21 ERA) is on the hill for the Tampa Bay Rays (16-14) as they square off against Ross Detwiler (0-3, 6.57 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (12-17) in the third of a four-game series at Tropicana Field. The Rays won the last game 8-2 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 6:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 9 and can be seen on FSN-SW and SunSports.
Odorizzi is 2-0 with a 1.38 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 (.293, 18 Rs, 3 HRs, 9 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs and one RBI. Detwiler is 0-0 with a 3.72 ERA when pitching against the Rays. He takes on a below-average Tampa Bay offense which is hitting just .235 this season. Prince Fielder (.339, 11 Rs, 2 HRs, 14 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Tampa Bay is a -161 favorite against Texas and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Rays have an overall money line of +137 and a record as the favorite of 5-6. Tampa Bay has gone winless in its last 10 as the favorite. The Rays have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 2.4 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 3.6 runs per game. Crossing over to the pitching staff, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Rays, who have a team ERA of only 3.47. 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 third in the AL in strikeouts per game with 8.4.
In games where it is the underdog, Texas has a 11-14 record and an overall money line of -8.
The Rays have a 3-4 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Detwiler takes the mound. Odorizzi (RHP) will be on the hill against the Rangers, who have an 8-9 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB, O/U - Over
For the seventh time this season, the Rangers registered at least two errors in a game.
When the Rangers play into extra innings, they have a 2-1 record. The Rays are 1-1 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Rangers are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Rays have a 3-6 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rangers are 8-2. The Rays have a 13-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Tampa Bay and Texas both rank in the bottom half of the league in runs. Tampa Bay sits at 20th with 113 runs this season and Texas ranks 18th with 116.
Tampa Bay and Texas both rank in the top 10 of the league in walks. Tampa Bay sits at sixth with 101 this season and Texas ranks ninth with 96.
The Rays are 10-8 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Rangers are 8-5 when they hit at least one homer.