Texas Rangers at Tampa Bay Rays - 9/18/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays (81-64) vs Texas Rangers (63-82)

Game Info: Sunday, September 18, 2022 at 1:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

Jeffrey Springs (8-4) (2.41) vs Glenn Otto (6-8) (4.71)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Rays -186 / Texas Rangers +160 --- Over/Under: 7 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Texas Rangers will play the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 3 of their series at Tropicana Field on Sunday afternoon.

The Texas Rangers are 63-82 this season and have alternated wins and losses over 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 4.22 ERA, a 1.35 WHIP, and a .246 opponent batting average this season. The Rangers offense has scored 648 runs with a .243 batting average and a .305 on base percentage. Corey Seager is batting .244 with 30 home runs and 78 RBI’s for the Rangers this season. The projected starter for Texas is Glenn Otto, who is 6-8 with a 4.71 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP over 114.2 innings pitched this season.

The Tampa Bay Rays are 81-64 this season and have won two of their last three games. Tampa Bay won Game 2 of this series by a score of 5-1 on Saturday. The Tampa Bay pitching staff has a 3.34 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP, and a .232 opponent batting average. The Rays offense has scored 614 runs 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 Jeffrey Springs, who is 8-4 with a 2.41 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP over 115.2 innings pitched this season.

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Texas is 3-8 in their last 11 road games and 5-15 in their last 20 games. The under is 4-1-1 in Texas’ last 6 game three’s of a series. Tampa Bay is 7-1 in their last 8 games against the AL West and 3-6 in their last 9 games. The under is 6-1 in Tampa Bay’s last 7 home games. The under is 5-0 in these two teams last 5 head to head meetings.

Tampa Bay was able to win Game 2 of this series with a dominant pitching performance and will turn to Jeffrey Springs to keep it going. Springs has allowed 0 runs over his last 14.2 innings for the Rays. For the Rangers, Glenn Otto has allowed seven earned runs over his last 15 innings pitched. I am taking Tampa Bay to win this game by at least two runs.

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