Rays vs. Rangers MLB Pick – September 18th

The Tampa Bay Rays didn’t face much of a threat from the Rangers yesterday, as they breezed past them by a score of 3-0. Tyler Glasnow had little issues with the Rangers’ offense on Monday evening. He held them to just 2 hits across 6 innings of work. The Rays acquired Glasnow in the Chris Archer trade and he’s been pitching well for them. It was a good move for the Rays, they got to shed Archer’s contract and pick up an arm that has helped them in the second-half.

Maybe he blossoms into something much bigger in 2019 and he helps the Rays finally go on a run towards the postseason. They’ve been a fancy pick to be a breakout candidate the past few years, and they’ve finally put some wins together this season. However, I think going into this season people were finally smart enough not to get fooled by the Rays.

In any event, this has been their best year since going to the postseason in 2013. They finished a couple of games under .500 a season ago and are going to smash that this season. With the win yesterday, the Rays moved to 83-66. It still puts them too far back of the postseason. They’re 6.5 back of the Athletics for the final wildcard as the first team out in the American League.

Nevertheless, the Rays are going to be able to look back at this season as a success. They just have to make sure that they build on this season and don’t go backwards. The Twins are a good example of a team that had a decent year, yet took five steps back the next season. It isn’t like they stayed still in the offseason either, they went out and acquired some talent but it didn’t come together. The Rays are getting some of the best value in the majors with Blake Snell. Snell is on a cheap contract but playing like an All-Star in 2018. The Rangers are scheduled to counter with Yovani Gallardo. Head below for our free Rays vs. Rangers pick.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Texas Rangers Pick

Blake Snell (19-5, 2.03 ERA) vs. Yovani Gallardo (8-5, 5.94 ERA)

There is a spot for even bad pitchers in the major leagues. If you’re a bad pitcher, you can usually find a spot in a rotation on a bad team. The Rangers will welcome them with open arms. As a unit, their starters are 29th in the majors with a team ERA of 5.41. Gallardo has helped the Rangers keep their poor standing at the back. He enters Tuesday with an ERA of 5.94 and 1.53 WHIP. If his most recent starts are any indication, his arm is ready to fall off after his eleven-year career.

Gallardo got hammered for 6 hits, 6 runs, and a walk against the Angels in his last outing. This was after he served up 5 runs on a plate to the Athletics. In his last three starts, he holds an ERA of 10.22 with a 2.03 WHIP and .426 OBA. His last seven outings produced a 6.89 ERA and 1.65 WHIP. The Rays have hit .290 with a .421 OBP in 31 at-bats against Gallardo.

Snell heads into Tuesday with a fantastic record of 19-5. It’s the kind of thing that Jacob deGrom can only dream of. Snell’s numbers back the record up, as he owns an ERA of 2.03 and 0.98 WHIP. He has posted an ERA of 1.89 and 0.89 WHIP in his last three outings. The numbers in his last seven appearances check in as well, with a 1.32 ERA and 0.71 WHIP. Snell hasn’t surrendered more than 2 runs in a start since July 12th. He last allowed more than 3 runs on June 14th which has only happened in three games out of 28 starts. Someone is going to be seeing a rather large pay increase down the road. The Rays are likely going to be able to roll the Rangers again tonight in Arlington.

The Bet: RAYS -1.5 (-130)

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