Tampa Bay Eyeing Third in Row
The Tampa Bay Rays try to win a third straight game when they take on the host Texas Rangers in the first of a four-game series on Monday night. Tampa Bay took the final two games of its series against the New York Yankees, pulling within 4½ games of the top spot in the American League East.
Texas had a four-game winning streak snapped with a loss to the Oakland Athletics on Sunday and sits in third place in the AL West standings. Both of these teams have been playing well of late, so before you decide on how you want to bet online on this game, take a look at our in-depth preview of the series opener.
Rays Earn Split vs Yankees
The Tampa Bay Rays weren’t looking very good after the first two games of their series with the first-place New York Yankees over the weekend, dropping both to fall farther behind their division rival. But Tampa Bay rallied for a pair of victories to split the series, squeezing out a 4-2 win on Sunday despite having only two hits in the game.
Shortstop Taylor Walls had one of those two hits, launching his second home run. Walls had made a comment about the Yankees being beatable prior to the series, so he was happy to come through to help his team to a victory.
“There was no shade thrown at them when I said that. I think that comment got blown way out of proportion,” Walls said after Sunday’s win. “All I meant is that the Tampa Bay Rays can play and beat any team in this league. I don’t speak for just this team, I think everybody around the league knows that as well. Any day of the week, any team can be beaten, so that’s all I meant by that comment.”
First baseman Ji-Man Choi had the other hit – also a home run – in Sunday’s win. Choi is batting .260 with seven doubles, four home runs, 20 RBIs, and 13 runs scored.
Right-hander Drew Rasmussen will be on the mound for Monday’s contest for the Rays. Rasmussen is 5-1 with a 2.68 ERA through nine starts, striking out 41 over 43.2 innings of work. He’s gone 4-0 with a 2.10 ERA in five starts in May, including a five-inning stint against the Miami Marlins on Wednesday in which he allowed three runs on six hits while striking out seven and walking two.
Rangers’ Offense Kicking into Gear
The Texas Rangers dropped a game for the first time in five outings on Sunday, but they continued the recent surge of offense that has helped them get within two games of .500. Over the last five games, Texas has averaged 7.0 runs, which is a major jump from the 4.0 it was averaging prior to this stretch.
Outfielder Adolis Garcia went 0-for-5 on Sunday, snapping his three-game streak of driving in a run and recording multiple hits. Garcia is batting .220 with 10 doubles, two triples, seven home runs, 29 RBIs and 26 runs scored.
Shortstop Corey Seager had a home run for the second straight game on Sunday, giving him a team-high 10 in his first season with the Rangers. Seager is batting .237 with five doubles, 23 RBIs, and 23 runs scored.
Right-hander Glenn Otto will make his seventh start in Monday’s series opener. Otto is 2-2 with a 4.91 ERA, striking out 25 in 29.1 innings. He’s coming off a win against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday as he went five innings and allowed one run on three hits while striking out seven and walking two.
Rays vs Rangers Head-to-Head
The Texas Rangers won the season series from the Tampa Bay Rays in 2021 despite dropping two of the three games played at Globe Life Field. Tampa Bay has had a lot of success in Texas, going 10-5 against the host Rangers dating back to the start of the 2016 campaign.
Texas has won or tied the season series in three of the last four years these two teams have played (they didn’t play in 2020). A glance at the MLB lines for Monday shows the visitors being given the edge to pick up the victory.
Rays vs Rangers Game Information
- Game: Rays (28-19) vs Rangers (22-24)
- Location: Globe Life Field, Arlington, TX
- Day/Time: Monday, 8:05 p.m. ET
- Rays vs Rangers Live Stream: MLB.tv
Rays vs Rangers Betting Lines
|Team||Run Line||Moneyline||Total||Team Total|
|Tampa Bay Rays
D. Rasmussen -R
|-1½ +120||-140||8-115o||4½-105o / 4½-125u|
G. Otto -R
|+1½ -140||+125||8-105u||3½-110o / 3½-120u|
Rays vs Rangers Prediction
The Tampa Bay Rays haven’t exactly been hitting the ball great lately, but they’ve done enough to pick up some victories. The Texas Rangers should have enough offense to keep the Rays from winning their third straight as they take the series opener.
When making your MLB picks, take Texas to get the win at home.
Pick: Texas Rangers +125