Texas Rangers at Tampa Bay Rays - 9/17/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays (80-64) vs Texas Rangers (63-81)

Game Info: Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 6:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

Shawn Armstrong (2-2) (4.70) vs Jon Gray (7-6) (3.70)

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The Texas Rangers will play the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 2 of their series at Tropicana Field on Saturday night.

The Texas Rangers are 63-81 this season and have won four of their last six games. Texas won Game 1 of this series by a score of 4-3 on Friday night. The Texas pitching staff has a 4.21 ERA, a 1.35 WHIP, and a .246 opponent batting average this season. The Rangers offense has scored 647 runs with a .243 batting average and a .306 on base percentage. Corey Seager is batting .245 with 30 home runs and 78 RBI’s for the Rangers this season. The projected starter for Texas is Jon Gray, who is 7-6 with a 3.79 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP over 107 innings pitched this season.

The Tampa Bay Rays are 80-64 this season and have lost six of their last eight games. Prior to losing Game 1 of this series, Tampa Bay lost three out of five games against the Blue Jays. The Tampa Bay pitching staff has a 3.36 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP, and a .232 opponent batting average. The Rays offense has scored 609 with a .243 batting average and a .311 on base percentage this year. Randy Arozarena is batting .266 with 19 home runs and 79 RBI’s for the Rays this season. The projected starter for Tampa Bay is Shawn Armstrong, who is 2-2 with a 4.70 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP over 53.2 innings pitched this season.

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Texas was able to get the better of Tampa Bay on Friday night with a 4-3 win. Texas scored four runs in the third inning and Martin Perez threw 5.1 innings in the win. Tampa Bay is currently 4.5 games up on the Orioles for the last wild card spot. Tampa Bay is projected to start Shawn Armstrong, who will only last a couple of innings and has allowed two runs over his last 1.2 innings of work. For the Rangers, Jon Gray has allowed eight earned runs over his last 24.1 innings pitched. I am taking the Rays to bounce back with a win here.

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