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MLB Monday Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers: Start Time, Odds, Free Pick


Monday night baseball and we will see the Tampa Bay Rays take on the Texas Rangers in game 1 of their 3 game series from Arlington. The game is scheduled for an 8:05 (ET) pm start time and it will be televised live locally . Currently the ODDS have Tampa Bay favored at -119while Texas is dogs of +111. The total for the game sits at 8.5 runs56% of the Public is currently on Tampa Bay, while 67% is on the OVER. Get all the Public's action by clicking HERE.

Free Analysis: The Rays have been splendid against AL West teams this season with a 21-11 record, the best mark in the league. However, Tampa Bay lost the final two games of a series against Oakland before having a rare Sunday off day. The Rays won 14 of 17 games prior to the defeats against Oakland. David Price aims for win number 17 on the season as the Tampa Bay Rays travel to the Lone Star state to take on the Texas Rangers.  Price will certainly be a favorite to capture a CY Young at the end of the year as he has been the hands down ace of a sparkling Tampa rotation. Price has held his opponents to a stingy .219 average this season and has been particularly sharp in August.  Opposing hitters have only hit .146 against Price in the past month and the big lefty has gone 2-0. David has won eight consecutive decisions, is tied for the major-league lead in victories, and leads the majors with a 2.28 ERA, but had never beaten Texas until he defeated them on April 29, allowing two runs in 6 1/3 innings. He is 1-3 with a 5.52 ERA in seven career regular-season starts against the Rangers. David has an 0.60 ERA in August this year, but this has been his toughest month as he has a 4.79 ERA in August over his career. Texas had a four-game winning streak snapped by the Minnesota Twins on Sunday and leads the American League West by 5 1/2 games over the Oakland Athletics. Josh Hamilton homered and had four RBIs during Texas’ loss to Minnesota on Sunday. Hamilton leads the majors with 111 RBIs. His career high is 130 back in 2008. Derek Holland starts for the Rangers tonight and despite a respectable 8-6 record, he sports a hefty 4.92 ERA. Holland was rocked by Rays earlier in the season, allowing 9 hits and 5 runs. He is 3-2 with a 6.49 ERA in six career starts against the Rays.  Tampa Bay OF B.J. Upton (7-for-15, homer) and 3B Evan Longoria (6-for-16, homer, four doubles) have fared well against Holland, while  Rangers OF Nelson Cruz is 5-for-10 with a homer against Price.

Free Pick: Gonna take a shot with the over in this one. I know that Price is on the mound but still when are you gonna get a Texas home game with an O/U line this low? David Price has been awesome of late, posting an 0.60 ERA in his last 4 starts, but if their is one team right now that can hit him it has to be the Rangers. The Texas offense is hot, averaging 7.3 rpg in their last 8 games, while in their last 5 (all at home) they have averaged 8.8 rpg, with those 5 games averaging 12.4 rpg. Texas overall averages 5.7 rpg at home, including 5.6 rpg when Holland pitches at home. Speaking of Holland, he has struggled in his own park with a 5.43 ERA here and 10.9 rpg being scored in his home starts. Derek has also not fared well ve the Rays, posting a 6.50 ERA in his 6 career regular season starts vs them, with those starts averaging 12.2 rpg. THe Rays have troubles scoring at home, but on the road they average 4.7 rpg and 5.2 rpg when Price takes the hill away from home. The Tampa offense has been hot of late scoring 5.8 rpg in their last 10 games. I look for both teams to hit at least 4 runs in this one with ease. 

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