Bet Rays on the Road vs. Texans in Thursday MLB

Jeff Grant

Thursday, August 14, 2014 1:54 PM GMT

Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 1:54 PM GMT

The Tampa Bay Rays’ pitching staff has been on a roll this summer when taking the mound on the road, which provides the club a major edge against the Texas Rangers Thursday.

Quite a Run
Tampa Bay has won five of nine games on its current road trip, which includes a 10-1 victory over Texas as -138 favorites Wednesday, while going OVER the betting total for the first time in five contests.

The Rays have set a new American League record by allowing three runs or less in 17 straight road games, which is important to consider when looking over the MLB betting lines, considering only the 1908 Chicago Cubs managed a longer stretch of 21.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise has compiled a 96-68 record when taking on teams with a losing record.

 

Changes
Texas has used 34 different pitchers during the 2014 campaign, which is one of the biggest reasons why the club is sitting 26 games back of the Oakland Athletics in the AL West standings—getting outscored by 131 runs in the process.

The Rangers were expecting to send out ace Yu Darvish for this affair, but he landed on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation last night.

It’s important to point out that the club is a dismal 10-22 against AL East opponents this season, while it has produced a 15-21 mark versus the Rays since June 6, 2010.

 

Odorizzi
Rays starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi (8-9, 3.89 ERA) has won four of his last five decisions, including a 4-0 road victory over the Chicago Cubs last time out, as he scattered three hits over six shutout innings.

The right-hander is 4-4 with a 5.04 ERA in 10 road games—serving up eight home runs in 50 combined frames.

Odorizzi ranks third in the Junior Circuit in averaged 10.20 strikeouts per nine innings, as he prepares to make his second career appearance against the Rangers—posting a 8-1 home victory on April 4 (6 IP, 0 ER).

 

Ross Jr.
Robbie Ross Jr. (2-4, 5.61 ERA) has been recalled by the Rangers from Triple-A Round Rock, where he went 4-4 with a 5.10 ERA in eight starts and one relief appearance.

The left-hander is 2-3 with a 4.97 ERA in 11 games (six starts) at Globe Life Park in Arlington, with opposing hitters batting .284 against him (.392 on the road).

Ross has allowed just two hits in 5.2 career shutout innings in five relief appearances versus the Rays.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Rays on the run-line as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve won 14 of their last 17 road games by two or more runs.

Free MLB Pick:  Tampa Bay Rays -1.5 at Pinnacle Sports

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