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Dan Hunter 14 Apr 2021
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Texas Rangers @ Tampa Bay Rays Tips 


The Texas Rangers take on last season’s World Series runners-up the Tampa Bay Rays in an American League MLB regular season game on Wednesday, April 14. This is the third of a four match series between these two teams. Texas won the first on Tuesday 1-0, and Tampa hit back to win the second 8-3 on Wednesday.

Tampa are currently second in the American League East Division behind the Boston Red Sox. Tampa have a record of five wins and six defeats for a 0.455 win percentage. Texas are bottom of the American League West Division, with a record of four wins and seven defeats for a 0.364 win percentage.

This series is nicely poised at one win each, although Tampa looked far more convincing with their 8-3 victory than Texas did in just squeaking out a 1-0 victory. For that reason I’m backing the Tampa Bay Rays to take a 2-1 lead in this series on Thursday with another high-scoring performance in a match that will feature around 12 runs.

  • Texas 5th in AL West Division 
  • Texas 4-7 this season 
  • Tampa 2nd in AL East Division
  • Tampa 5-6 this season 

Head to Head 


The Texas Rangers and the Tampa Bay Rays have played each other 14 times since the start of 2018, with Tampa leading 9-5. These teams didn’t face each other during the 2020 season, but they met six times in 2019, finishing 3-3, and six times in 2018, with the score 5-1 in Tampa’s favor. They have played each other twice in 2021, with honors even. 

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The Texas Rangers finished bottom of the AL West Division in 2020 with a record of 22-38 during that abbreviated season. Texas have yet to win a World Series, although they have twice reached the finals, in 2010 and 2011. They have won the West Division seven times, most recently in 2015 and 2016. 

This season began encouragingly; although Texas lost their opening series against the Kansas City Royals 2-1, they then defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 over three games. However Texas were  subsequently routed 3-0 by the San Diego Padres, although in fairness, San Diego are highly rated, and second favorites behind the LA Dodgers to win the National League. 

Tampa Bay Rays Form


Like Texas, Tampa are two-time World Series finalists, in 2008 and last season, when they were beaten by the LA Dodgers. 2020 was also the latest of Tampa’s three East Division titles. Last season Tampa finished with a 40-20 record (only 60 games played), and subsequently defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0, the NY Yankees 3-2, and the Houston Astros 4-3 to reach the World Series finals, losing 4-2 vs the Dodgers. 

This season began with a 2-1 series win over the Miami Marlins, but Tampa were then trashed 3-0 by the Boston Red Sox. However Tampa showed their pedigree by subsequently defeating the mighty New York Yankees 2-1 in games, and are now level at 1-1 in their current series against the Texas Rangers.

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Verdict

Last season, the Tampa Bay Rays were second only to the World Series winners the LA Dodgers. This season Tampa has already defeated the American League favorites the New York Yankees, and are second in the super-strong AL East Division.
 
Meanwhile the Texas Rangers are in grave danger of repeating the misery of last season and finishing bottom of the American League West Division. It’s therefore no surprise that I’m backing Tampa to defeat Texas on Thursday in a match that will feature at least 12 runs in an 8-4 or 9-3 configuration.
Best Bet: Tampa Winner @-200.00 at BetMGM - 1 Unit
Best Bet: Over 10.5 Total Runs @188.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 1 Unit
Value Bet: Over 7.5 Tampa Total Runs @370.00 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit

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