MLB Picks 2012 Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers: American League East Division leaders Tampa Bay Rays (13-8) play AL West leaders Texas Rangers (16-5) in the rubber game of a three game set in a nationally televised game on ESPN Sunday night with first pitch set for 8:05 p.m. ET. If the Rangers pull off a win Sunday night, they will cap a record seventh straight series win to start a season. Getting the start for Texas in the game is left-hander Derek Holland who is 2-1 on the season with a 4.78 ERA. Countering for Tampa Bay is David Price. The Rays left-hander is 3-1 on the year with a 2.62 ERA.
The Rangers and Holland are listed as -130 MLB Odds favorites with a combined run total of 9.0. Rays backers are getting +120 odds on the off shore money line as underdogs. Run-Line prices are +150 on the Rangers at -1 1/2 and -170 on Tampa Bay at +1 1/2.
Price had his best outing of the season Tuesday, when he tossed a five-hit shutout against the Angels, walking one and striking out six to earn his second consecutive win. Price is 0-3 with a 5.67 ERA in six career starts against the Rangers.
Holland allowed seven runs in six innings in a 7-4 loss to the Yankees in his last start. Left-handed hitters are batting .318 off him while righties are hitting .184. Opponents are also hitting .391 off him with runners in scoring position.
MLB Picks: I look for a high scoring game in this one. My pick – OVER 9 on the total.
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