Texas Rangers at Tampa Bay Rays – MLB April 14

7:10 p.m. ET – Rangers at Rays (-180) O/U: 8

The 4-7 Rangers stay in Tampa Bay for Game Three of a four-game set at Tropicana Field against the 5-6 Rays on Wednesday night. The first two games resulted in a split, with Texas picking up an 8-3 win on Tuesday night after a three-RBI double from Nick Solak in the top of the fourth gave the Rangers a lead they never relinquished.

Texas tallied 13 hits on the night to win easily on the road.

About the Rangers

Texas Rangers LogoThe Rangers’ lineup is anchored by center fielder Joey Gallo, who has the power to hit 40-plus home runs in any season as long as he does not get injured. Gallo is looking to cut down on the strikeouts this season and up his batting average and is off to a decent start, batting .257 in the early going.

Texas picked up 25-year-old first baseman Nate Lowe from these same Rays this offseason and he has been a monster at the plate with three home runs and 14 RBI, which is good for second in all of the major leagues. The Rangers have been a power-hitting team for a couple of years now with little success to show for it in the standings, so they got faster in the offseason and currently lead the majors in stolen bases with 12. The Rangers are not ready to compete for a playoff spot just yet, but this team is definitely capable of winning on any given night with the lineup they roll out there.

About the Rays

Tampa Bay Rays LogoThe reigning American League champion Rays are off to a slower start than they would have liked this season. ALCS MVP Randy Arozarena is picking up right where he left off in the playoffs, batting .317 with two home runs already this year. Lefty Austin Meadows is off to a hot start as well, already launching three home runs in just 38 at-bats.

Tampa Bay is not going to try and hit a home run every time they walk up to the plate, they play old school baseball and string together hits just as good, if not better than any team in baseball. The Rays and Yankees will be battling for the American League East crown once again this season and it should be one of the best division races in the MLB.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Texas Rangers +1½ (-125) +160 O 8 (-115)
Tampa Bay Rays -1½ (+105) -190 U 8 (-105)

The Pitching Matchup

The Rangers are giving the ball to right-hander Kohei Arihara on Wednesday night. Arihara is 0-1 in his two starts this season with a 5.00 ERA and only two strikeouts in nine innings of work. Left-hander Josh Fleming is making his season debut for Tampa Bay on Wednesday, looking to build on a strong 2020 season. Fleming was 5-0 with a 2.78 ERA in the COVID-shortened 2020 campaign.

What’s the Bet?
The best bet for this game is to target the Over/Under total. Seventy-five percent of all bets wagered on this total are for the Over, but that is misleading. The general public masses see the defending American League champions playing a team that they know can score runs and most place their Over bets without a second thought. The sharp money is on the Under for a reason. Neither team has reached their potential at the plate as yet this season and both bullpens should be fairly rested after a blowout on Tuesday night. Take a chance on Josh Fleming to pick up right where he left off and take the Under of eight runs in what should be a close, low-scoring affair.
The Bet
UNDER 8 Runs

*Odds courtesy of MyBookie

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Joe Menzer / Author

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