The Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers clash again at Globe Life Field on Wednesday evening. The Rangers started this four-game series with a 9-5 and 3-0 win.
— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) June 1, 2022
Martin Perez has been in top form this season, and he continued on last night. Ryan Yarbrough got himself into trouble, but could limit the damage. He allowed 6 hits and 3 runs in 6.2 innings of work.
The offense gave Yarbrough no run support, as the Rangers cruised after scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the 4th inning. That’s all the Rangers needed with Perez dealing.
With the win, the Rangers are going into tonight at 24-24 and seven games behind the Houston Astros in the AL West. The Rangers signed some heavy bats in the offseason to put them in a position to be competitive.
The Marcus Semien contract signaled a change from rebuilding to competing for the division. Semien got off to a slow start, but he’s showing signs of slowly heating up.
Semien finally got the burden off his back of not hitting a home run on May 28. He went deep against the Athletics and has recorded a hit in five straight games.
The Rangers look to follow up Perez’s sharp performance with another one behind Jon Gray. Tampa is expected to counter with lefty Jeffrey Springs.
Gray came over from the Rockies after spending his first seven years in Denver. Springs was in the Tampa bullpen in his first season here last year. He looked good and earned a spot in the rotation in 2022.
Head below for our free Rays vs. Rangers prediction on June 1, 2022.
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Texas Rangers Live Betting Odds:
|Tampa Bay Rays||-1.5 (+135)||-120||Over 7.5 (+100)|
|Texas Rangers||+1.5 (-160)||+100||Under 7.5 (-120)|
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|Team Data||Tampa Bay Rays||Texas Rangers|
|Batting Average Away/Home||.233||.233|
|Runs Per 9||4.22||4.49|
|Team ERA Away/Home||4.04||4.21|
Rays vs. Rangers Prediction:
The Rays are thrilled with what they’re getting from Jeffrey Springs. He’s in his fifth season and just getting involved in the starting rotation. Springs is making himself comfortable right away.
Springs worked hard to earn a spot in the rotation after posting an ERA of 3.43 and a 1.10 WHIP through 43 games out of the bullpen. Springs is making management look smart, rewarding them with terrific baseball.
He is going into this one with an ERA of 1.62 and a 0.81 WHIP across 34 innings. It doesn’t matter where Springs has pitched, he’s had a good handle on the situation.
Springs owns an ERA of 1.84 and a 0.82 WHIP in 16.1 innings on the road. In limited action against the Rangers in his career, they are hitting .179 in 12 at-bats.
In his last three starts, he’s allowed 2 earned runs across 17 innings of work. During that stretch, Springs notched an outstanding 1.10 ERA and 0.86 WHIP. Expect him to put the Rays in a good position to win tonight.
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Texas Rangers Betting Trends:
- Record (Last 10): 5-5
- 6-2 overall in their previous eight games after a loss
- 1-4 overall in their previous five games as a road favorite
- 1-4 overall in their previous five games on the road versus a team with a losing record
- UNDER is 4-1 in their previous five games
- UNDER is 8-3-1 in their previous 12 games on a Wednesday
- Record (Last 10): 6-4
- 6-0 overall in their previous six games as an underdog at home
- 4-1 overall in their previous five third game of a series
- UNDER is 6-1-1 in their previous eight games versus a team with a winning record
- UNDER is 6-2-1 in their previous nine games as an underdog
- UNDER is 5-2-1 in their previous eight games versus the AL East
The Rangers have been hot recently, with wins in six of their previous seven attempts. They are feeling confident, and Semien is starting to swing the bat.
Gray allowed 5 hits and 5 earned runs in 6 innings of work. A bad start against a team like the A’s can make any pitcher more focused in the next outing.
The Rays have been a pedestrian offense at the plate this season. They enter tonight with 4.16 runs per 9 innings for 19th.
Tampa’s output on the road has been discouraging, as they’ve netted just 4.04 runs per 9 frames and a .226 average. The Rays rely on their pitching staff to have success.
They can get it done out of the bullpen as well. Tampa is one of the better bullpens in the majors, with an ERA of 3.32 and a 1.12 WHIP.
I can see a 3-2 or 4-3 final at Globe Life Field tonight. The UNDER looks like the right bet on the total in Arlington.