MLB Capper’s Small Lean Toward Lowly Rays Over First Place Rangers

Jake Odorizzi

Saturday, August 20, 2016 4:35 PM GMT

Our baseball analyst previews Saturday game between Texas and Tampa Bay. Be sure to read this informative betting article culminated with a MLB pick.

Rangers (Griffin) vs Rays (Odorizzi) 6:10 PM ET
Texas and Tampa will play the second of a three-game series on Saturday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. Current MLB betting odds at Matchbook has Texas as a -106 money line favorite, and the posted total is 8.0. Saturday will be just the second meeting of the season between these American League clubs.

The Rangers took the series opener last night by a score of 6-2. They're now a red-hot 14-5 over their last nineteen games, and that includes a current four-game win streak. Texas sits atop the AL West standing with a comfortable 7.0 game lead over second place Seattle. The Rangers are holding opponents to a mere 3.4 runs scored per game over their prior seven outings. However, they own a poor .684 offensive OPS throughout that identical period of time.

Tampa Bay had their modest four-game win streak come to a halt by virtues of last night's loss. Despite that defeat, the Rays are a stellar 10-4 during their last fourteen home games. They've amassed just 2 runs and 6 hits in each of their previous two games. Nevertheless, Tampa Bay still possesses an inspiring .481 slugging percentage and .793 OPS through the course of its preceding seven games. The Rays bullpen has performed admirably over their prior seven games, evidenced by a stellar 2.33 ERA during that stretch.

Starting Pitchers
A.J. Griffin will be on the mound today for Texas. Griffin has struggled mightily over his last three starts. He's compiled a sizable 7.41 ERA and 1.59 WHIP for the duration of those aforementioned outings. Furthermore, during that interval, opposing hitters have cracked 7 home runs off Griffin in just 17.0 innings pitched.

Tampa Bay will go with right-hander Jake Odorizzi. The Rays hurler has gone 3-0 during his last three starts at home and collected an excellent 0.96 ERA in doing so. Odorizzi has made three career starts against Texas, and all of them transpired since 2014. Through that trio of appearances, he gathered a dominant 1.37 ERA and 0.92 WHIP.

Final Take and Pick
The Rangers are certainly a surging ball club. Nevertheless, they find themselves as a short favorite today, and against an opponent which trails them by 21.5 games in the MLB standings. It's never that easy when it comes to sports betting. I'll have a small lean toward Tampa Bay for one of my Saturday MLB picks.

Free MLB Pick: Rays -111
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

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