Tampa Bay Rays vs. Texas Rangers, Wednesday, Las Vegas Odds, MLB Baseball Sports Betting, Picks and Predictions

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28-27, 4th in American League East May 31, 8:05 PM | Grass of Globe Life Park 26-27, 3rd in American League West
Tampa Bay at Texas, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 8:05 PM ET, Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Where: Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas
TV: 8:05 p.m. ET, FSN Sun (Tampa Bay), FSN Southwest (Texas)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rays RH Chris Archer (4-3, 3.61 ERA) vs. Rangers RH Austin Bibens-Dirkx (0-0, 3.97)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Tampa Bay Rays [C. Archer -R] -1½ +120 -130 Ov 9½ +106
Texas Rangers [A. Bibens-Dirkx -R] +1½ -140 +120 Un 9½ -126
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The fans at Globe Life Park will be treated to a game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Texas Rangers when they take their seats on Wednesday.

Right hander Chris Archer will take the mound for the Rays to start this game. Archer is 4-3 this season with a 3.61 ERA.

Starting this game for the Rangers will be Austin Bibens-Dirkx. The right hander has a 3.97 ERA to go along with a 0-0 record this season.

Archer defeated Minnesota last time out, allowing two runs and five hits over 7 2/3 innings while striking out 11 – reaching that total for the fourth time in his last five outings. The 28-year-old native of North Carolina has recorded seven quality starts and permitted two or fewer runs six times in his first 11 turns of the season. Andrus is 5-for-12 with a double versus Archer, who is 1-2 with a 5.34 ERA in six career starts against Texas.

Bibens-Dirkx is slated to make his first major-league start after four relief appearances this season in which he permitted five runs and eight hits over 11 1/3 innings. The 32-year-old Oregonian was a 16th-round draft pick of Seattle in 2006 and has spent 12 campaigns in the minor leagues, compiling 1,040 1/3 frames. Bibens-Dirkx is 0-2 with a 3.04 ERA in six outings (three starts) with Triple-A Round Rock this year.

Oddsmakers currently have the Rays listed as 130-moneyline favorites versus the Rangers, while the game’s total is sitting at 9½.

The Tampa Bay Rays need a big performance from Chris Archer when they visit the Texas Rangers on Wednesday for the rubber match of their three-game series. The Rays have been forced to go to the bullpen heavily over the last three days and could use a lengthy effort from Archer, who needs four strikeouts to pass David Price (54) for most during the month of May in one season in franchise history.

Tampa Bay went 15 innings on Sunday in Minnesota and sent six pitchers to the mound in each of the first two games of this series after coughing up a three-run lead in Tuesday’s 9-5 setback. Elvis Andrus has hit safely in six straight contests for the Rangers and was the hero in the second game of the series, belting a tying three-run homer and knocking in a career-high five runs. Shin-Soo Choo also has been a problem for the Rays in the series, launching a pair of homers, knocking in five runs and scoring four times after going 5-for-27 in his previous seven games. Adrian Beltre, who is just 1-for-14 lifetime against Archer, has recorded a pair of hits in his first two games of the season after suffering through a calf injury for most of the first two months.

Texas was a 9-5 winner in its last match on the road against the Rays. They won as -103 underdogs, while the total score of 14 made winners of OVER bettors.

Tampa Bay lost its last outing, a 9-5 result against the Rangers on May 30. Bettors who backed the Rangers at -103 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (14) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

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Tampa Bay:
Team record: 28-27 SU
Tampa Bay is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Tampa Bay is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Tampa Bay’s last 10 games

Team record: 26-27 SU
Texas is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
Texas is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Texas is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Seattle Friday, June 2
Texas home to Houston Friday, June 2


1. Tampa Bay OF-DH Corey Dickerson is 9-for-17 in his last three games and is tied with Carl Crawford for the most hits in one month of May in franchise history (43).

2. Rangers 1B-DH Mike Napoli (back), who is 1-for-19 lifetime against Archer, has missed the last two games and is day-to-day.

3. The Rays placed OF Peter Bourjos (elbow) on the 10-day disabled list and optioned RHP Jose De Leon to Triple-A while recalling RHPs Chih-Wei Hu from Durham and Hunter Wood from Double-A Montgomery.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Tampa Bay Rays will win outright at -130 and the game will stay under 9½ runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Rays 5, Rangers 1 at bovada-logo-top-book.

4.69 RUNS 4.79
4.25 RUNS AGNST 4.57
0.44 DIFF 0.23
$117 MONEY -$53
3.83 TEAM ERA 4.34
8.60 OFF HITS 8.04
3.87 OFF WALKS 3.23
10.40 OFF Ks 8.62
8.09 DEF HITS 8.72
3.44 DEF WALKS 3.45
7.78 DEF Ks 6.81
Desmond Jennings OF 15-Day Disabled List
Oswaldo Arcia OF 15-Day Disabled List
Shin-Soo Choo OF 15-Day Disabled List
Colby Lewis P 15-Day disabled List
Tanner Scheppers P 60-Day Disabled List
Prince Fielder DH 15-Day Disabled List
Lucas Harrell P 15-Day Disabled List
Shawn Tolleson P 60-Day Disabled List
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Tampa Bay’s last 10 games
Tampa Bay is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Tampa Bay is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Tampa Bay’s last 11 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Texas
Texas is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Texas’s last 7 games at home
Texas is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home
Texas is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay’s Overall Scoring vs Texas’s Overall Defense 4.7 5 4.6 10
Tampa Bay’s Away Scoring vs Texas’s Home Defense 4.7 6 4.0 6
Tampa Bay’s Road ERA vs Texas’s Home ERA Allowed 4.1 5 5.5 1
Texas’s Overall Scoring vs Tampa Bay’s Overall Defense 4.8 4 4.3 5
Texas’s Home Scoring vs Tampa Bay’s Road Defense 5.4 2 4.6 8
Texas’s Home ERA vs Tampa Bay’s Road ERA Allowed 3.7 7 4.3 6
Rays lead the league in walks with 3.6 per game.
Rays have the best hits allowed in the league, allowing 8.1 per game.
Rays are third in the league in striking out opponents with 8.1 per game.
Rangers are second best in K’s per game with 6.6.

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