MLB Picks 2012 Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers: Baseball bettors have found a gem in the Tampa Bay Rays this early season, a team that is streaking with five straight wins. This Friday, the Rays travel to Arlington, Texas to begin a three game weekend set with the Rangers who at 15-4, have the best record in baseball. The Rays will be seeing the team thats eliminated them from the playoffs the past two years. The Rangers have a 5 1/2-game lead over Oakland in the American League West and the Rays and Baltimore Orioles are co-leaders in the AL East with a 1 1/2-game lead over the New York Yankees. Left-hander Matt Harrison (3-0, 1.66 ERA) gets the start for the Rangers today while right-hander James Shields 3-0, 2.76 ERA) counters for the Rays.
Based on the scheduled pitching rotation, off shore sportsbook Bovada.lv lists Harrison and the Rangers as -140 MLB Odds money line favorites for the game with a combined score total of 9.0. Rays backers are getting +120 ML odds as underdogs. Run line bettors are getting +140 odds wagering the Rangers at – 1 1/2 while the price of the Rays at + 1 1/2 is -170.
Shields claimed his third win of the season Saturday when he held the Twins to one run on five hits and two walks while striking out seven in eight-plus innings. He is 2-2 with a 3.72 in four career starts at Rangers Ballpark.
Harrison beat the Tigers on Saturday by holding them to three runs in 7 2/3. He is now 7-0 with a 2.24 ERA in his last eight regular-season starts. He is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA in one start and three relief appearances in his career against the Rays.
MLB Picks: I’m going with the Rangers in this one at home.
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