The Rangers and Rays meet in a series finale rubber match this afternoon as Tampa Bay attempts to close out its six game home stand with back to back victories. Today's game is scheduled to get underway at 1:10p.m. ET at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. Sports Betting Odds have the Ryas listed as a -150 moneyline favorite; the game total is set at 7.5 with the Under drawing -120 odds.
Tampa Bay closed to within in a game and a half of the American League East leading Yankees last night with a 5-4 win over the Rangers. Both starting pitchers, C.J. Wilson and Alex Cobb, earned quality starts in the ball game, but reliever Arthur Rhodes nullified Wilson's effort with a critical mistake in the bottom of the eighth.
Rhodes gave a two run shot to the Rays' Evan Longoria that provided the tying and game winning runs for Tampa Bay.
The victory improved the Rays record to 29-25 while dropping Texas' mark to 29-26. Despite the loss, the Rangers retained their lead in the AL West thanks to a 3-7 Angels' loss at Kansas City.
The Rays, which embark on an 11 game road swing following today's contest, will send staff ace David Price to the hill this afternoon. Price bounced back from two horrific outings in his last start, limiting the Indians to four hits and zero earned runs over seven innings in a 5-0 Tampa Bay win. The southpaw also struck out a season high 12 in the victory.
The Vanderbilt product comes into today's game with a 6-4 record and 3.54 ERA. Price is 0-2 with a 7.45 ERA in four career starts opposite Texas.
The Rangers will counter Price with 31 year old right hander Colby Lewis. Lewis, since throwing a complete game shutout against the White Sox on May 16th, has lost back to back starts. The six year veteran got roughed up for seven hits and four earned runs in his last outing, a 7-12 home loss to the Royals.
Lewis owns a 4-5 record and 3.90 ERA in 10 starts this season.
MLB Odds Betting Trend: The Rays are 2-8 in their last 10 games as a home favorite versus an AL West team.
Rangers vs Rays MLB Odds June 1, 2011:
Texas Rangers +1.5 (-165), Over 7.5 (+100), +130 (Moneyline)
Tampa Bay Rays -1.5 (+145), Under 7.5 (-120), -150 (Moneyline)