This game could be low scoring as Chris Archer (3-3, 1.64 ERA) and the Tampa Bay Rays (15-13) go up against Nick Martinez (2-0, 0.84 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (11-16) in the first of a four-game series at Tropicana Field. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, May. 7 and will air on FSN-SW and SunSports.
Archer has a 2.25 ERA and a 1-0 record in his career against the Rangers, and faces a less-than-stellar Texas offense that's hitting just .225 on the year. David DeJesus (.297, 7 Rs, 1 HR, 10 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 2. In his pitching opportunities against the Rays, Martinez is 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA. He gets a struggling Tampa Bay offense that's batting just .234. Robinson Chirinos (.182, 7 Rs, 2 HRs, 11 RBIs) has been doing well, going 2 for 3 yesterday with two runs and three RBIs.
Tampa Bay is a -161 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. When playing as the favorite, the Rays have a 5-5 record and overall money line at +177. Tampa Bay has averaged 2.4 runs per game over the last 10 games, lower than its season average of 3.6. Turning to the pitching staff, the Rays rank fourth in the AL in ERA with a 3.43 team average. The Rays don't allow many hitters to get on base, ranking third in the league with a 1.11 WHIP. The have been extremely effective at striking opposing batters out, averaging 8.3 strikeouts per game.
Moving on to the away team, the Rangers come into this game with a weak win percentage of .391 when playing as the underdog (9-14) and an overall money line of -268.
This game will feature Martinez (RHP) on the mound against the Rays, who have an 11-9 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Archer will take the mound against the Rangers, who have a 6-9 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB, O/U - Over
For the first time this season, the Rays registered at least two errors.
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 2-5 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rangers are 8-2. The Rays have a 12-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 24th, Tampa Bay is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 101 this season. Texas ranks in the bottom half at 20th with 109.
Ranking 13th, Texas is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 88 this season. Tampa Bay ranks in the top five at fifth with 98.
The Rays are 9-7 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Rangers are 8-4 when they hit at least one homer.