Rays vs Rangers Prediction - MLB Picks 7/19/23

Texas Rangers (57-39) vs Tampa Bay Rays (60-38)

Game Info: Wednesday, July 19, 2023 at 2:05 pm (Globe Life Field)

Jon Gray (6-5) (3.45) vs Zack Littell (0-1) (5.51)

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

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The Tampa Bay Rays will play the Texas Rangers in Game 3 of their series on Wednesday afternoon at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. 

Rays Preview

The Tampa Bay Rays are 60-38 this season and they have lost three games in a row. Prior to losing the first two games in this series, Tampa Bay won two out of three games against the Royals. The Tampa Bay pitching staff has a 3.71 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP, and a .228 opponent batting average this year. The Rays offense has scored 525 runs with a .257 batting average and a .329 on base percentage. Isaac Paredes is batting .257 with 17 home runs and 57 RBI’s for the Rays. The projected starting pitcher for Tampa Bay is Zack Littell, who is 0-1 with a 5.51 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP over 16.1 innings pitched this season.

Rangers Preview

The Texas Rangers are 57-39 this season and they have won five games in a row. Texas has won the first two games in this series by scores of 3-2 and 5-3. The Texas pitching staff has a 3.95 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP, and a .238 opponent batting average. The Rangers offense has scored 559 runs with a .274 batting average and a .342 on base percentage this season. Adolis Garcia is batting .262 with 24 home runs and 80 RBI’s for the Rangers. The projected starting pitcher for Texas is Jon Gray, who is 6-5 with a 3.45 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP over 99.0 innings pitched this year. 

Trends

Tampa Bay is 0-4 in their last 4 games against the AL West and 1-8 in their last 9 games following a loss. The under is 4-0 in Tampa Bay’s last 4 road games against a team with a winning record. Texas is 5-0 in their last 5 games and 0-4 in Gray’s last 4 Wednesday starts. The under is 7-0 in Gray’s last 7 Wednesday starts. 

Pick

Texas has won the first two games in this series and will look for the series sweep in this matchup, while Tampa Bay has lost 10 of their last 13 games. Tampa Bay is starting Zack Littell, who will operate as the opener. Texas is starting Jon Gray, who has allowed 4, 3, and 5 earned runs over his last three starts. Gray has struggled recently and I think the Tampa Bay bats will wake up in this game. I like the over here. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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